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Apache/Perl question

Apache/Perl questionRonny,

On my server, my config file uses the following model:

Alias /website "/var/www/website/html"
<Directory "/var/www/website/html">
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews ExecCGI
    AddHandler cgi-script .pl
    AllowOverride None
    Order Allow,Deny
    Allow from all

I have the /var/www/cgi-bin directory entry as you show it. I don't have a separate AddHandler line as you show it (it is commented out).

Unless I am missing some other parameter, this seems to allow me to run various perl scripts from my server. My config file provides support for more than one web site and the Directory entry shown above is repeated for any "website" that requires perl.

Hope this helps,

Ted Swoyer
tswoyer at

Computer Support, Consulting and Training
for Businesses and Individuals
(978) 667-8558

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ronny Serrano 
  To: discuss at 
  Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2005 9:41 PM
  Subject: Apache/Perl question

  Hi all. I'm a little new to linux and apache. I've been able to get by in most situations using google and linux resources on the net to answer most questions. Unfortunately this one is starting to get to me and I could use a lil help.

  I have a server that is running linux and apache on it at a hosted site. A new requirement we have is to run some perl scripts on the box. I've gone in and modified the httpd.conf file and restarted apache. The following are the entries that I modified were the following:

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

  # "/var/www/cgi-bin" should be changed to whatever your ScriptAliased 
  # CGI directory exists, if you have that configured. 
  <Directory "/var/www/cgi-bin"> 
      AllowOverride None 
      Options None 
      Order allow,deny 
      Allow from all 

  AddHandler cgi-script .cgi .pl 

  On the options line I've tried ExecCGI, +ExecCGI and All. 
  The directory/scriptalias points to the correct directory. I've set the rights on the script as 755. For some reason I get a Forbidden or a 403 everytime I try to run one of these scripts directly over http. The scripts are placed in the /var/www/cgi-bin directory. What am I missing? I'm not using any .htaccess file.. Not that I know of. Should the rights to the cgi-bin directory be 755 also? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  Ronny Serrano 
  Network Administrator 


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