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Enable CGI outside of the cgi-bin

If your web server does not allow you to run CGI scripts outside of the 'cgi-bin' directory, you can enable CGI. Check with your system administrator or web hosting company before doing so.

To enable CGI, create a .htaccess file following the main instructions and guidance which includes the following text:

AddHandler cgi-script .cgi
Options +ExecCGI

The above lines tell the Apache Web Server to allow firstly, process '.cgi' files as CGI scripts, and secondly to enable CGI within the directory.

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Comments

Novice
"Added both lines to .htaccess worked."
Moderator
"Contact your system administrator for advice, using this may go against the server configuration or the options may be restricted for security reasons..."
me
"I added that to an .htaccess file on my fedora core 3 server, and it would send me to the 404 error page for some reason. As soon as I cleared out the htaccess file, I was allowed to pull the page up in that directory."

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