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Old 01-01-2005, 02:55 AM   #1
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Unhappy problems with perl..

Hello, and thanks for looking at my post.

I am having a lot of problems running perl scripts on my server.

my installation is:

All my software came installed by default from the mandrake cds. All i did was check the box for webserver.
Everything is working fine on my server. I got 3 websites with their own domain names on the same server through VirtualHosts. I have php, mysql, and a whole bunch of useful things working. I got no complains there, mandrake linux is awsome.

My problem is that I cant get perl scripts working.
I made a "cgi-bin" folder in one of my site's root dir. I put my "" script in there. When I try to use it, i get asked if i want to download ""

So I tried renaming the script to "FormMail.cgi", and i get this:
The requested URL /cgi-bin/formmail.cgi was not found on this server."

I try creating a folder called "perl" and put my script there, rename it to "", and......same problem.

One strange thing tho:
There is a "cgi-bin" folder in "/var/www/"
In that folder i found "test.cgi"
So i got that file and moved it to the cgibin folder of my site:
I then went to "" and....That script worked.

There was also another folder "/var/www/perl/". In that folder i found "".
I moved that script to "/var/www/html/mysite1/perl/" then i go to "" and it asks me if i want to download "" :wall:

Btw, i did set the chmod on my script to 755, i even tried 777, but still no good results.

So I am really stuck here. I got most of my help to get my server started from google, But google is not being so helpful on this problem. I did get help here with virtualhosts, so I am hoping someone can help me out again with this new problem.

Thank you all who take the time to read this...
Old 01-01-2005, 09:50 PM   #2
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has anyone had this problem before?
Old 01-02-2005, 03:25 PM   #3
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Check your commonhttpd.conf file, there should be an entry like the following:

ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /var/www/cgi-bin/

You'll also need to add the following directive for the directory to allow execution of scripts:

<Directory /var/www/cgi-bin>
AllowOverride All
Options ExecCGI
<IfModule mod_access.c>
Order allow,deny
Allow from all

My guess is one of the two is missing. If not, can you please post your commonhttpd.conf file?

Last edited by Maqo; 01-02-2005 at 03:27 PM.


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