It's not a stupid question - I shouldn't have suggested the ScriptAlias directive in my first post. If you use the AddHandler command for the directory that your scripts live in, you can run the scripts without moving them to a cgi-bin directory.
Depending how curious you are, you can download Bugzilla from http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.o...la-2.20.tar.gz
, extract it and see that they have a variety of scripts in their setup. But with the AddHandler directive set up the way I have it in my earlier post, only the .cgi files can be executed, not the .pl files.
You'd just use the suffix (.pl, .cgi, etc.) that suited your environment.