I found a small bug in the php libs;
line 493 in sstorm-dist/lib/php/xmlrpc.inc should allow for both upper and
lowercase L in Content-length. This ended up being a bug in php talking to perl
stand alone servers. Apearantly the libwww-perl-daemon sends Content-Length,
and the php lib blocks till it reads Content-length.
Also a slight bit of help debuging is the states-client.pl program that comes
with Frontier::RPC2, for standalones, I can make the request with debug sent
and see both the outgoing and the incoming XML.