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Troubles getting CGI program to work.

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I have been trying to install WWWboard and I keep getting a 500 error,
Internal server error. I know nothing about this but I beleive it has to do
with my base directory. I do not know how to find out the path for it, no
reply from my webmaster. If I go to the main page of the program, that is
the main page for WWWboard, submit and not enter a name I get the no name entered
page so I guess some processing is happening. But if I fill the form out
and try to post the info I get the error. Do I have to load some of the program some where only my service provder can get to? Do I just have the paths screwed up? HELP!

Check out the contents at http://www2.thecia.net/users/avpros/wwwboard/wwwboard.html

Dave
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CGI scripts have to be in a special place on the server (precisely, the webmaster will need to do some  config so that the web server know it is a cgi directory).  So first thing you need to check is whether your cgi is in such a directory,  if not , you shall ask your service provider to put it there.  If unfortunately this is not allowed, then you can't not have any YOUR OWN cgi on that server.
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CGI is allowed on my server/my site. Support told me just to make sure the script I am adding had .cgi Doesn't seem right to me now that I have been working on it for three days! I do have a counter that is supplied by my ISP
<p align="center"><font color="#000000" size="1"><!--webbot
bot="HTMLMarkup" startspan --><img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?sh=0|df=x.dat"><!--webbot bot="HTMLMarkup"
endspan --></font></p>

I know nothing about this stuff but it appears to accessing another area within my server. Can I add Perl at my site to avoid waiting around to see if my webmaster will do anything? If so where can I get it? Aren't there any prepacked items I can just throw on my site that will handle the process? Now you can start to see my frustration. Thanks.
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