I have experience using a unix type system, but never as an asministrator. I installed Mandrake(Red Hat) 6.0 on my system so I could test perl cgi scripts before ftp-ing them to my host server. But I can't run any scripts from the command line. I chmod all scripts to 0755. If I try to run them, I get:
test.cgi :command not found
if I remove the .cgi extension, I won't get an error, but the script does nothing. It just returns me to the prompt again. (the same is true for regular shell scripts). I chose to install apache web server as one of the options in the install program, but i don't know how (or if I have to) configure it.