Setting Up Gentoo Apache for CGI and Perl


There are a few things that need to be done to set up apache2 to run a CGI bin directory so you can run perl scripts. The first is to set apache modules and then then configure the apache vhost conf file.

Setting Up Modules

I edit my /etc/make.conf file to keep all my modules for the my apache installation.

APACHE2_MODULES="actions alias auth_basic authn_alias authn_anon authn_dbm authn_default authn_file authz_dbm authz_default authz_groupfile authz_host authz_owner authz_user autoindex cache dav dav_fs dav_lock deflate dir disk_cache    env expires ext_filter file_cache filter headers include info log_config logio mem_cache mime mime_magic negotiation rewrite setenvif speling status unique_id userdir usertrack vhost_alias proxy cgi cgid"

Setup Vhost conf file

These are the things you need to setup your apache vhost conf

ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ "/var/www/zaphinath/cgi-bin/"
AddHandler cgi-script .cgi .pl

<directory /var/www/yourdirectory/>
  Options Indexes FollowSymLinks ExecCGI
  AllowOverride All
  Order allow,deny
  Allow from all

So that now all you have to do is make sure you run the following commands to make sure your apache is reconfigured and vhosts is set up.

emerge -av apache
apachectl graceful

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