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Subject [Httpd Wiki] Update of "CGI" by noodl
Date Tue, 15 Jan 2008 04:32:57 GMT
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The following page has been changed by noodl:

The comment on the change is:
Explain removal

- I configured the apache2 web server to execute a Perl script from a designated directory
with the following:
+ mcadoo, thank you for your contribution to this wiki, but this page can't stand.
+ Pointing out errors is rarely helpful and if one is to do so it must be in the context of
otherwise helpful advice. All too often it has been found that producing examples of bad advice,
however presented, leads to support questions regarding said advice.
- {{{
-     ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ "/var/www/cgi-bin/"
-     <Directory "/var/www/cgi-bin/">
-                 Options ExecCGI -Indexes
-                 AddHandler cgi-script .cgi .pl
-     </Directory>
- }}}
- But every time I accessed the script through the web browser I was presented with a download
dialog box.
- I examined the apache configuration and made all kinds of changes but nothing helped.
- Until I finally noticed the following:
- The original Perl script is as follows:
+ Moreover, the easy mistake of test/text is one we've all made and doesn't constitute a wiki
page. Can you imagine actually finding this page, having made that mistake? This wiki's explanatory
space is meager, hence this entry, but i'll be removing this page now.
- {{{
-     #!/usr/bin/perl
-     print "Content-type: test/plain\n\n";
-     print "It's working.\n";
- }}}
- The problem is that the second line has the word test in it when it should be "text"
- Changing the word test to text made everything work.
- I found other questions regarding this same behavior.
- Since this was a frustrating problem I submit this tip in the hope that it will save someone
some time 
- and frustration.

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