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Unix cgi scripts

Our UNIX servers have the capability to run CGI scripts written in Perl. There are a number of free scripts which you can install automatically using the CGI Scripts page, alternatively you can use your own custom scripts.

Using Custom CGI Scripts
If you have a custom CGI script that you need use, simply upload it using FTP to the 'cgi-bin' directory. All CGI scripts must be placed in the cgi-bin directory and must have an extension of .cgi or .pl. Ensure that your FTP program uploads the file in ASCII mode and be sure to set the correct file permissions using the 'chmod' command from within your FTP client.

System Information
The following parameters may be required when configuring CGI scripts to run on our servers. If you require any more information regarding the configuration of our servers please contact us.

Path To Perl /usr/bin/perl
Perl Version 5
Path To Sendmail /usr/sbin/sendmail
Path To PGP /usr/local/bin/pgp
PGP Version 5
Path To Date /bin/date
Path To Your Webspace The path to the web space for an account is dependant on the account username, for an account with the username 'joebloggs' the path to it's web space would be:
'j' and 'o' being the first and second characters of the username 'joebloggs'.
Note that the path to your home directory is different when you call a CGI script from the SSL secure server.

Perl Modules
All modules included in the standard perl distribution and DBI drivers for mySQL are installed on our servers.

Debugging CGI Scripts
If you see a '500 Internal Server Error' page when you attempt to run your CGI script, you have an error with your code or a misconfiguration. The information in your site Error Log may help you solve the problem.

Technical Support On CGI Scripts
Please note that we cannot provide technical support on third party CGI scripts, problems with a third party CGI script should be referred to the script vendor.

Notes on CGI Scripts
Please note that chat/IRC, web proxy and mailing list scripts are not allowed on our network under any circumstances. See our Acceptable Use Policy for more information.

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