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    CGI / Perl not working ?

    Hey guys, iv had my server for a little while now, and im still a n00b lol, but its mainly only used for my own site.

    I came to learning CGI the other day as I already know a little PHP, and when trying to run my first basic script i got errors. Iv reearched it and a site says that its not a very descriptive error so anything could be wrong, the error I keep getting is a 500 internal server error.

    The script I was trying to run is basic:

    PHP Code:
    #!/usr/bin/perl -wT
    print "Content-type: text/html\n\n";
    print 
    "Hello, world!\n"
    I read somewhere that it could be that perl is not in the location described above, so i went into SSH and done this:

    Code:
    [email protected] [~]# which perl
    /usr/local/bin/perl
    So i changed the location of the perl path and tried this script:

    PHP Code:
    #!/usr/local/bin/perl -wT
    print "Content-type: text/html\n\n";
    print 
    "Hello, world!\n"
    still getting a 500 error. Is there some sort of setting I need to change to get perl working? Im useing linux / cpanel, and when i created the account the box for "has cgi" was ticked if tht helps.

    thanks for your time.

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    Do you chmod your files to 755? what's the folder permission?
    Do you know if your host does require to have your Perl/CGI files on any special folder such as cgi-bin/ or anything similar?
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    As Mentioned by Jedito, you need to place the file in correct cgi directory with proper permission and ownership.
    ESC :wq!

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    Another thing to check:
    If you are uploading via. FTP make sure ASCII mode is on. The perl interpreter doesn't like /r/n codes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Wing
    Another thing to check:
    If you are uploading via. FTP make sure ASCII mode is on. The perl interpreter doesn't like /r/n codes.
    Very much true.
    ESC :wq!

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    And the error log might give you more details.
    Ssh to the server and tail the apache error log while you take the page in the browser. It might give you a clearer picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Wing
    Another thing to check:
    If you are uploading via. FTP make sure ASCII mode is on. The perl interpreter doesn't like /r/n codes.
    That was it !!

    thanks, something so stupid causes all these problems.

    thanks very much.

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