Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from

Forum Moderators: Ocean10000 & incrediBILL & phranque

Message Too Old, No Replies

Allow public cgi-bin access

How? .htaccess?



9:01 pm on Aug 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

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?


10:37 pm on Aug 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

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


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.



Featured Threads

Hot Threads This Week

Hot Threads This Month