Qmail pipe to perl script access denied error

Posted on 2004-09-11
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Last Modified: 2010-05-18

I have set up the Qmail default to pipe all email messages to a perl script with | preline /path/to/script

But when email sent the following is bounced back :

Hi. This is the qmail-send program at p15161102.pureserver.info.
I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the following addresses.
This is a permanent error; I've given up. Sorry it didn't work out.

preline: fatal: unable to run /home/httpd/vhosts/sharpmail.co.uk/cgi-bin/site/incoming-mail.cgi: access denied

--- Below this line is a copy of the message.

Any ideawhat would be the cause of this, is this a Qmail or perl problem?


Question by:sharpmail
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Expert Comment

ID: 12034262
Hi :-)

All you need to do is to allow QMail to run the script:

chmod a+rx /home/httpd/vhosts/sharpmail.co.uk/cgi-bin/site/incoming-mail.cgi

This command allows all users (including the QMail user) to read and execute the script you have installed.

Author Comment

ID: 12035235
I did that command still the same :s

Accepted Solution

e-tsik earned 1500 total points
ID: 12037028
OK. Then how about

chown -R httpd.httpd /home/httpd/
chmod -R a+rx /home/httpd/

The first line changes the owner of all files under /home/httpd to httpd (and group httpd). If your apache user is different, specify otherwize.
The second assures the all users can read and execute files under /home/httpd

If one of the folders above /home/httpd/vhosts/sharpmail.co.uk/cgi-bin/site/ is not allowed access to the apache user, then it will be blocked and you'll get an error message (just as got do now).

Author Comment

ID: 12037794
found it out last night, sorry i didnt post before now, but you were very much on the right track!

I dont know ssh commands very well didnt realise that 1st was was just a chmod 755 on the script at first. turned out i needed to chmod the cgi-bin 755 as it was too low to allow qmail to run so i did that and the pipe works fine, just need to debu my script now as its not fully working :S the joys of moving servers!

Since you pointed me in the right direction have the jucy points, and thanks for your assistance!


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