[CentOS] Centos 4 and cgiemail

Todd Cary todd at aristesoftware.com
Sun Nov 21 19:22:56 EST 2010



On 11/20/2010 10:24 AM, Dave Cross wrote:
> Apologies for not replying sooner. This mailing list goes into a "read
> when you're not too busy" folder :-/
>
> On 18 November 2010 17:08, Todd Cary<todd at aristesoftware.com>  wrote:
>> On 11/12/2010 10:15 AM, Dave Cross wrote:
>>
>> It all depends very much on how the web server is configured. Do you
>> know if the web server is configured to run CGI programs? Do you have
>> access to the Apache configuration files? (Actually, is the server
>> running Apache?)
>>
>> What value have you given the "action" attribute on the form element?
>> You say that the CGI program is in the cgi-bin directory - was that
>> directory there before, or did you create it yourself? Are there any
>> other cgi-bin directories in the web area on the server?
>>
>> <<<  Do you know if the web server is configured to run CGI programs?>>>
>> The server is in my office running Centos 4, however I am not sure how to
>> check to see if it is configured to run CGI.
> By "web server", I meant the Apache software, not the operating system.
>
> To see if your web server is configured to run CGI, you need to look
> in your Apache configuration file (/etc/httpd/httpd.conf) and look for
> lines that reference "cgi". You might well find lines like this
> scattered through the file:
>
>    LoadModule cgi_module modules/mod_cgi.so
>
>    ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ "/var/www/cgi-bin/"
>
>    AddHandler cgi-script .cgi
>
>> <<<  Do you have access to the Apache configuration files? (Actually, is the
>> server running Apache?)>>>
>> Yes, it is running Apache and I have complete access.
> That's good. The situation isn't impodsible then :-)
>
>> <<<  What value have you given the "action" attribute on the form element?
>> <form
>> action="http://www.toddcary.com/srjc_CIS50_11B/lesson_6/cgi-bin/cgiecho/template.txt"
>> method="post">
>>
>> The template.txt file is at
>> http://www.toddcary.com/srjc_CIS50_11B/lesson_6/template.txt
>>
>> The cgi is at
>> http://www.toddcary.com/srjc_CIS50_11B/lesson_6/cgi-bin/cgiecho
> This puzzles me. The action on a form attribute needs to point to an
> executable file (or something that the web server can resolved to an
> executable of some kind). Setting it to the path to a text file is
> never going to work.
>
>> This is the error:
>> The requested URL /srjc_CIS50_11B/lesson_6/cgi-bin/cgiecho/template.txt was
>> not found on this server
> Ok, that means that your web server isn't mapping URLs to the
> filesystem in the way that you think. If you put a test file in
> srjc_CIS50_11B/lesson_6, can you see it in a browser?
>
>> <<<  You say that the CGI program is in the cgi-bin directory - was that
>> directory there before, or did you create it yourself?>>>
>> I created the directory as part of the project.
> Ok, you can't do that. Just creating a directory called cgi-bin
> doesn't automatically create a CGI directory. The web server needs to
> be configured correctly to recognise that it's a CGI directory.
>
>> <<<  Are there any other cgi-bin directories in the web area on the server?
>> No other cgi-bin directories in the Web area.
> Which perhaps indicates that the web server isn't expected to be used
> for CGI programs. Who configured the server for you? Can you go to
> them for help configuring the server to support CGI?
>
> The standard Centos 5 Apache configuration puts the web root at
> /var/www/html and the cgi-bin at /var/www/cgi-bin. If your server
> isn't configured like that then it's hard to be much help without
> seeing far more detail about the configuration.
>
> Rather than posting a complete beginners course to CGI to the mailing
> list, can I point you to a servers of tutorials that I wrote several
> years ago.
>
>    http://mag-sol.com/articles/cgi1.html
>    http://mag-sol.com/articles/cgi2.html
>    http://mag-sol.com/articles/cgi3.html
>
> Let me know if I can be any more help.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Dave...
>
Dave -

The docs say it has to be a text file:

http://shell4.tdl.com/techsupport/cgimail.html#template

Todd

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