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Re: [vox-tech] cgi-bin in user home dirs
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Re: [vox-tech] cgi-bin in user home dirs

Jim Angstadt wrote:

> Hi All,
> I'm trying to allow user accounts to have their own
> cgi-bin directory on a RH 7.2, apache box at my home.
> For testing, I have file test.cgi.
> (See below for file and permissions.)
> When the file is placed in /var/www/cgi-bin it works.
> Meaning, when I open a browser and key in
>    http://localhost/cgi-bin/test.cgi
> I see "Hello There".
> When placed in /home/ja/public_html/cgi-bin it does
> not work.  When I key in
>    http://localhost/~ja/cgi-bin/test.cgi
> I have gotten either of two responses
>    1. the script text
>    2. an error msg: "Forbidden You don't have
>    permission to access /~ja/cgi-bin/test.cgi
>    on this server.

I've never done this, but based upon the Apache
configuration file syntax, this should be possible.
Note: this might be close but not exact.

Edit httpd.conf (mine's in /etc/httpd/conf)
Got to the line that says: ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ "/var/www/cgi-bin/"
Below it add a new line that says: ScriptAlias /cgi-ja/

Below that should be a directory tag: <Directory "/var/www/cgi-bin">
with the cgi permissions. Clone that tag block for your new
"/home/ja/cgi-bin" directory.

To execute ja's scripts, prefix the HTML action tag with "/cgi-ja/".

> I've tried changing cgi to pl, which had no effect.
> Have also messed with /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
> without success.  That's not too surprising.
> I don't know what I'm doing.  But it didn't stop
> me from hacking away.
> Google and tldp.org did not turn up anything that
> helped.  Neither did an Apache book I have.
> A detailed, simple tutorial would be nice.
> ---
> Jim
> # ---------- test.cgi
> #!/usr/bin/perl
> use strict;
> use warnings;
> use CGI qw(:standard);
> use CGI::Carp qw/fatalsToBrowser/;
> print header();
> print start_html("Testing");
> print h1("Hello There");
> print end_html;
> # ---------- permissions for test.cgi
> # edited for readability
> #
> Script started on Mon Feb 10 10:25:51 2003
> ]0;ja@localhost:~[ja@localhost ja]$ ls -l
> drwxr-sr-x    6 ja       apache       4096 Feb  7
> 16:23 public_html
> ]0;ja@localhost:~[ja@localhost ja]$ cd public_html/
> ]0;ja@localhost:~/public_html[ja@localhost
> public_html]$ ls -l
> drwxr-sr-x    8 ja       apache       4096 Feb  7
> 11:33 cgi-bin
> ]0;ja@localhost:~/public_html[ja@localhost
> public_html]$ cd cgi-bin/
> ]0;ja@localhost:~/public_html/cgi-bin[ja@localhost
> cgi-bin]$ ls -l test*
> -rwxr-xr-x    1 ja       apache        190 Feb  9
> 17:27 test.cgi
> Script done on Mon Feb 10 10:26:39 2003
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