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Allow public cgi-bin access
How? .htaccess?

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Msg#: 14 posted 9:01 pm on Aug 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

I currently have a couple of CGI scripts that create relatively static pages from a database. They are performed dynamically because they are shop products, there are over 3000 products, so static files are not really feasible.

Google cannot spider the cgi-bin as my host has disabled that by default (nor can people visit from google's result - I can see google has attempted to spider as it lists the cgi files when I search on my domain name).

Is it possible to allow public access to the CGI files, with the referrer checking off? Can it be done in .htaccess?

I have seen:

<Directory "/web/cgi-bin">
Options ExecCGI
Order allow,deny
Allow from all

Would this be correct? Or is there a better way, where I can specify individual files rather than a directory?



WebmasterWorld Senior Member jdmorgan us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Msg#: 14 posted 10:37 pm on Aug 17, 2002 (gmt 0)


The easiest and safest way to do this might be to simply put those scripts into a different
directory. The placment of CGI scripts into cgi-bin is more of a convention than a requirement...
unless your hosting company requires it. I'd suggest talking to your hosting company if running
scripts in other directories doesn't work.


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