ms_vijay has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I need to configure my apache server on RH Linux 7.1 to run .pl's how do i do it???

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Re: How do I configure Apache to run perl scripts? (was : New to perl!)
by joealba (Hermit) on May 24, 2002 at 15:43 UTC
    In your httpd.conf, change the AddHandler line to: AddHandler cgi-script .cgi .pl I think it just has .cgi in that line by default.
Re: How do I configure Apache to run perl scripts? (was : New to perl!)
by Caillte (Friar) on May 24, 2002 at 15:57 UTC

    You need to put two things into your httpd.conf file. First, to tell apache what an executable is you need to put in something like:

    AddHandler cgi-script cgi pl

    This tells apache that any file with the extension cgi or pl is a cgi script. This still doesn't mean that your scripts will run, you also have to tell apache where you intend to run scripts from, what is called your cgi-bin directory.

    ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /home/thing/www/cgi-bin/ <Directory /home/thing/www/cgi-bin> Options +ExecCGI </Directory>

    What this does is, first, tell apache where to look for files when the it gets a request like www.thing.com/cgi-bin/myscript.pl and the other three lines tell apache that it is ok to run scripts found in that directory.

    Finally, apache runs as a user. Therefore it is important that that user has read and execute (but not write) permissions for these directories and files.


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Re: How do I configure Apache to run perl scripts?
by cjf (Parson) on May 24, 2002 at 15:46 UTC
Re: How do I configure Apache to run perl scripts? (was : New to perl!)
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on May 24, 2002 at 15:50 UTC
Re: How do I configure Apache to run perl scripts? (was : New to perl!)
by mrbbking (Hermit) on May 24, 2002 at 15:39 UTC
    Should be done by default.

    Save them in /cgi-bin/ and make sure they're executable.