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Apache CGI Works alone, but not in HTM file

Posted on 1999-07-09
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Last Modified: 2013-12-25
I'm migrating from a WN server to an Apache server. I have several scripts which ran fine on WN, but on Apache, they don't.  

In order to attempt to understand what's going wrong, I downloaded the simplest CGI I could find - a text counter (countit.cgi).  I was able to set it up and get it to work on its own eg,, however, if I try to get the text embeded in an HTML file, nothing gets returned.  When I look at what the server returned inside the HTML file, I see that it didn't do anything with the exec statement.  I also tried the include virtual as listed in the docs on the subject (i.e., <!--#include virtual="cgi-bin/counter/countit.cgi" --> ) and that did the same thing, the text <!--#include...etc.. is included in the HTML returned, and not interpreted by PERL.

What's goin' on here?

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djsansui earned 400 total points
ID: 1834968
Are you setting up the Apache server?  If so there are several things you must do to make SSI work.

in httpd.conf, you must add:
    Options Includes
to the base directory settings (it looks like <Directory "c:/htdocs"> or whatever is the location of your web folder)

Then uncomment the lines:
AddHandler server-parsed .shtml
AddType    text/html     shtml

you should be all set to use SSI then.  If you are new to Apache, I suggest you read httpd.conf to learn a little bit about what you can do with it.  You'll probably stumble upon dozens of useful features.

also, I've had more luck using the directive <!--#exec cgi="/cgi-bin/start2.cgi" --> than the include directives (when executing a CGI). Good luck, you should be parsing in no time.

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ID: 1834969
I'm not actually the one setting it up.  Does this mean, once I get the admin to set it up, all the files have to be named .shtml?  

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