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Hi. I have already found many pages with "sure" informations how to solve my problem, but the problem persists. I'm trying to enable all users on my server to make and use their own CGI-BIN scripts. I know, it shouldn't be so hard, but I'm trying it for 3 days now without success. :-) It took me only 2 hours to understand and successfully make my own kernell, so I'm really fed up with this little file named httpd.conf...
I'm able to execute scripts only by using scriptalias, but this is not what I want. I want that users can make their own scripts in their home/html directory and subdirectories, and it should be accessible this way: for example...

I'm adding whole configuration file httpd.conf in current not working state. I haven't (or I don't know about) any other configuration files for apache. I have RedHat 9.0, using RPM version of apache (httpd-2.0.40-21.9)

ServerTokens OS
ServerRoot "/etc/httpd"
PidFile run/
Timeout 300
KeepAlive Off
MaxKeepAliveRequests 100
KeepAliveTimeout 15

<IfModule prefork.c>
StartServers 8
MinSpareServers 5
MaxSpareServers 20
MaxClients 150
MaxRequestsPerChild 1000

<IfModule worker.c>
StartServers 2
MaxClients 150
MinSpareThreads 25
MaxSpareThreads 75
ThreadsPerChild 25
MaxRequestsPerChild 0

<IfModule perchild.c>
NumServers 5
StartThreads 5
MinSpareThreads 5
MaxSpareThreads 10
MaxThreadsPerChild 20
MaxRequestsPerChild 0

Listen 80

Include conf.d/*.conf

LoadModule access_module modules/
LoadModule auth_module modules/
LoadModule auth_anon_module modules/
LoadModule auth_dbm_module modules/
LoadModule auth_digest_module modules/
LoadModule include_module modules/
LoadModule log_config_module modules/
LoadModule env_module modules/
LoadModule mime_magic_module modules/
LoadModule cern_meta_module modules/
LoadModule expires_module modules/
LoadModule headers_module modules/
LoadModule usertrack_module modules/
LoadModule unique_id_module modules/
LoadModule setenvif_module modules/
LoadModule mime_module modules/
LoadModule dav_module modules/
LoadModule status_module modules/
LoadModule autoindex_module modules/
LoadModule asis_module modules/
LoadModule info_module modules/
LoadModule dav_fs_module modules/
LoadModule vhost_alias_module modules/
LoadModule negotiation_module modules/
LoadModule dir_module modules/
LoadModule imap_module modules/
LoadModule actions_module modules/
LoadModule speling_module modules/
LoadModule userdir_module modules/
LoadModule alias_module modules/
LoadModule rewrite_module modules/
LoadModule proxy_module modules/
LoadModule proxy_ftp_module modules/
LoadModule proxy_http_module modules/
LoadModule proxy_connect_module modules/

<IfModule prefork.c>
LoadModule cgi_module modules/

<IfModule worker.c>
LoadModule cgid_module modules/

User apache
Group apache

ServerAdmin root@localhost

UseCanonicalName Off

DocumentRoot "/var/www/html"

<Directory />
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride None

<Directory "/var/www/html">
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride None
Order allow,deny
Allow from all

<LocationMatch "^/$>
Options -Indexes
ErrorDocument 403 /error/noindex.html

<IfModule mod_userdir.c>
UserDir html

<Directory /home/*/html>
AllowOverride none
Options All MultiViews +ExecCGI
Order allow,deny
Allow from all

DirectoryIndex index.html index.html.var

AccessFileName .htaccess

<Files ~ "^.ht">
Order allow,deny
Deny from all

TypesConfig /etc/mime.types

DefaultType text/plain

<IfModule mod_mime_magic.c>
MIMEMagicFile conf/magic

HostnameLookups Off
ErrorLog logs/error_log
LogLevel debug

LogFormat "%h %l %u %t "%r" %>s %b "%{Referer}i" "%{User-Agent}i"" combined
LogFormat "%h %l %u %t "%r" %>s %b" common
LogFormat "%{Referer}i -> %U" referer
LogFormat "%{User-agent}i" agent

CustomLog logs/access_log combined
ServerSignature On

Alias /icons/ "/var/www/icons/"
<Directory "/var/www/icons">
Options Indexes MultiViews
AllowOverride None
Order allow,deny
Allow from all

Alias /manual "/var/www/manual"
<Directory "/var/www/manual">
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
AllowOverride None
Order allow,deny
Allow from all

<IfModule mod_dav_fs.c>
DAVLockDB /var/lib/dav/lockdb

ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ "/var/www/cgi-bin/"

<IfModule mod_cgid.c>
Scriptsock run/httpd.cgid

<Directory "/var/www/cgi-bin">
AllowOverride None
Options None
Order allow,deny
Allow from all

IndexOptions FancyIndexing VersionSort NameWidth=*

AddIconByEncoding (CMP,/icons/compressed.gif) x-compress x-gzip

AddIconByType (TXT,/icons/text.gif) text/*
AddIconByType (IMG,/icons/image2.gif) image/*
AddIconByType (SND,/icons/sound2.gif) audio/*
AddIconByType (VID,/icons/movie.gif) video/*

AddIcon /icons/binary.gif .bin .exe
AddIcon /icons/binhex.gif .hqx
AddIcon /icons/tar.gif .tar
AddIcon /icons/world2.gif .wrl .wrl.gz .vrml .vrm .iv
AddIcon /icons/compressed.gif .Z .z .tgz .gz .zip
AddIcon /icons/a.gif .ps .ai .eps
AddIcon /icons/layout.gif .html .shtml .htm .pdf
AddIcon /icons/text.gif .txt
AddIcon /icons/c.gif .c
AddIcon /icons/p.gif .pl .py
AddIcon /icons/f.gif .for
AddIcon /icons/dvi.gif .dvi
AddIcon /icons/uuencoded.gif .uu
AddIcon /icons/script.gif .conf .sh .shar .csh .ksh .tcl
AddIcon /icons/tex.gif .tex
AddIcon /icons/bomb.gif core

AddIcon /icons/back.gif ..
AddIcon /icons/hand.right.gif README
AddIcon /icons/folder.gif ^^DIRECTORY^^
AddIcon /icons/blank.gif ^^BLANKICON^^

DefaultIcon /icons/unknown.gif

ReadmeName README.html
HeaderName HEADER.html

AddEncoding x-compress Z
AddEncoding x-gzip gz tgz

AddLanguage da .dk
AddLanguage nl .nl
AddLanguage en .en
AddLanguage et .et
AddLanguage fr .fr
AddLanguage de .de
AddLanguage he .he
AddLanguage el .el
AddLanguage it .it
AddLanguage ja .ja
AddLanguage pl .po
AddLanguage kr .kr
AddLanguage pt .pt
AddLanguage nn .nn
AddLanguage no .no
AddLanguage pt-br .pt-br
AddLanguage ltz .ltz
AddLanguage ca .ca
AddLanguage es .es
AddLanguage sv .se
AddLanguage cz .cz
AddLanguage ru .ru
AddLanguage tw .tw
AddLanguage zh-tw .tw
AddLanguage hr .hr

LanguagePriority en da nl et fr de el it ja kr no pl pt pt-br ltz ca es sv tw

ForceLanguagePriority Prefer Fallback

AddDefaultCharset ISO-8859-2

AddCharset ISO-8859-1 .iso8859-1 .latin1
AddCharset ISO-8859-2 .iso8859-2 .latin2 .cen
AddCharset ISO-8859-3 .iso8859-3 .latin3
AddCharset ISO-8859-4 .iso8859-4 .latin4
AddCharset ISO-8859-5 .iso8859-5 .latin5 .cyr .iso-ru
AddCharset ISO-8859-6 .iso8859-6 .latin6 .arb
AddCharset ISO-8859-7 .iso8859-7 .latin7 .grk
AddCharset ISO-8859-8 .iso8859-8 .latin8 .heb
AddCharset ISO-8859-9 .iso8859-9 .latin9 .trk
AddCharset ISO-2022-JP .iso2022-jp .jis
AddCharset ISO-2022-KR .iso2022-kr .kis
AddCharset ISO-2022-CN .iso2022-cn .cis
AddCharset Big5 .Big5 .big5
AddCharset WINDOWS-1251 .cp-1251 .win-1251
AddCharset CP866 .cp866
AddCharset KOI8-r .koi8-r .koi8-ru
AddCharset KOI8-ru .koi8-uk .ua
AddCharset ISO-10646-UCS-2 .ucs2
AddCharset ISO-10646-UCS-4 .ucs4
AddCharset UTF-8 .utf8
AddCharset GB2312 .gb2312 .gb
AddCharset utf-7 .utf7
AddCharset utf-8 .utf8
AddCharset big5 .big5 .b5
AddCharset EUC-TW .euc-tw
AddCharset EUC-JP .euc-jp
AddCharset EUC-KR .euc-kr
AddCharset shift_jis .sjis

AddType application/x-tar .tgz

AddHandler cgi-script .cgi

AddHandler send-as-is asis

AddHandler imap-file map

AddHandler type-map var

AddOutputFilter INCLUDES .shtml

Alias /error/ "/var/www/error/"

<IfModule mod_negotiation.c>
<IfModule mod_include.c>
<Directory "/var/www/error">
AllowOverride None
Options IncludesNoExec
AddOutputFilter Includes html
AddHandler type-map var
Order allow,deny
Allow from all
LanguagePriority en es de fr
ForceLanguagePriority Prefer Fallback

ErrorDocument 400 /error/HTTP_BAD_REQUEST.html.var
ErrorDocument 401 /error/HTTP_UNAUTHORIZED.html.var
ErrorDocument 403 /error/HTTP_FORBIDDEN.html.var
ErrorDocument 404 /error/HTTP_NOT_FOUND.html.var
ErrorDocument 405 /error/HTTP_METHOD_NOT_ALLOWED.html.var
ErrorDocument 408 /error/HTTP_REQUEST_TIME_OUT.html.var
ErrorDocument 410 /error/HTTP_GONE.html.var
ErrorDocument 411 /error/HTTP_LENGTH_REQUIRED.html.var
ErrorDocument 412 /error/HTTP_PRECONDITION_FAILED.html.var
ErrorDocument 413 /error/HTTP_REQUEST_ENTITY_TOO_LARGE.html.var
ErrorDocument 414 /error/HTTP_REQUEST_URI_TOO_LARGE.html.var
ErrorDocument 415 /error/HTTP_SERVICE_UNAVAILABLE.html.var
ErrorDocument 500 /error/HTTP_INTERNAL_SERVER_ERROR.html.var
ErrorDocument 501 /error/HTTP_NOT_IMPLEMENTED.html.var
ErrorDocument 502 /error/HTTP_BAD_GATEWAY.html.var
ErrorDocument 503 /error/HTTP_SERVICE_UNAVAILABLE.html.var
ErrorDocument 506 /error/HTTP_VARIANT_ALSO_VARIES.html.var


BrowserMatch "Mozilla/2" nokeepalive
BrowserMatch "MSIE 4.0b2;" nokeepalive downgrade-1.0 force-response-1.0
BrowserMatch "RealPlayer 4.0" force-response-1.0
BrowserMatch "Java/1.0" force-response-1.0
BrowserMatch "JDK/1.0" force-response-1.0

BrowserMatch "Microsoft Data Access Internet Publishing Provider" redirect-carefully
BrowserMatch "^WebDrive" redirect-carefully

This message I get everytime I try to run any script:

Server error!
The server encountered an internal error and was unable to complete your request.
Error message:
Premature end of script headers: index.cgi
If you think this is a server error, please contact the webmaster
Error 500

there is nothing interresting in /var/log/httpd/access_log nor in error_log

Does anyone here know how to make it work?
(sorry for my english)
you have to add a cgi-bin directory in each users directory
and add that directory in the httpd.conf file

the same as /home/*/html is listed in there
and that should allow each user cg-bin access
Thank you for answer.
I've added directories cgi-bin into /home/*/html and these lines into file httpd.conf:

<Directory /home/*/html/cgi-bin>
AllowOverride none
Options +ExecCGI
Order allow,deny
Allow from all

but the problem still persists. Still error 500, premature script headers. What access rights should have the scripts, and directories? I have tried to change users using chown (root, user, apache) and access rights (read all, execute all) for scripts (-rwxrwxr-x) and the same for directories (drwxr-xr-x), without success. I'm really fed up with this. sad.gif I newer thought I could say this, but it looks, that Windows configuration is much easier... dry.gif
you might have to add a scriptalias for that directory in your httpd.conf file

look at the one already there for cgi-bin access

and then you should be able to copy that and just rename the directory listing
that it points to for the directory information and the scriptalias part
and use that for your /home/*/html/cgi-bin
I didn't understand completely - I've changed scriptalias to this:

ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ "/home/*/html/cgi-bin/"

<IfModule mod_cgid.c>
Scriptsock run/httpd.cgid

<Directory "/home/*/html/cgi-bin">
AllowOverride None
Options +ExecCGI
Order allow,deny
Allow from all

but still the same error. Is it possible to use '*' in Scriptalias? I've read manual, and it looks that it is not...

you script alias line should look something like this :

ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ "/home/www/test/html/cgi-bin/"

you should change "/home/www/test/html/" to the folder you will use

Robert B
I am not sure..if it will work with cgi scripts..But same sort of thing i have done in PHP...

If you check out file httpd.conf( biggrin.gif i know you are fed up)

Then you will find that each user can create a directory called
public_html in his home directory and that can be used as document root for apache..So you will acess this file

with following url in your browser..

Just you have to enable..this support in the file...httpd.conf and restart apache.
Also..since that directory should be readable to all..
$ chmod 755 public_html

this will help i guess..
Thanks for answers.
Like I said before, I need that cgi-bin scripts can execute in many user directories, not only in one, like /var/www/html/cgi-bin. I need scriptalias to look similar to this: /cgi-bin/ "/home/*/html/cgi-bin" but this one doesn't work for me.

I know about public_html, I've already changed it to html only. This parts of httpd.conf are quite easy, and I understand it very well. But I don't understand to scriptalias and to setting directories for web access - or I do, but it doesn't work the way, I need. dry.gif
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