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From Ken Causey <>
Subject [users@httpd] RE: Re: RE: User cgi-bin doesn't work with 1.3.26, I'm stumped.
Date Tue, 17 Sep 2002 16:03:48 GMT
Boyle Owen wrote:

> There's an old saying among doctors that goes, "If you hear hoofbeats,
> think horses - not zebras..." Although you are to be commended for
> providing access to your httpd.conf and very precise descriptions of your
> problems, it is understandable if a wise and experienced respondent (e.g.
> Joshua) just fires off a quick response that would be right most of the
> time...


I was SO SURE that suexec had nothing to do with anything here.  As the 
suexec documents say on suexec is not enabled by default 
and I just KNEW that Debian wouldn't change that since suexec could lead to 
a security problem.  Well, so much for what I 'knew':

temp:/etc/apache# apache -l
Compiled-in modules:
suexec: enabled; valid wrapper /usr/lib/apache/suexec

So I move /usr/lib/apache/suexec elsewhere, restart the server and it works.

Sorry I didn't pay closer attention before.

Thank you Boyle and Joshua, sorry for my thickheadedness.  Now to figure 
out the interactions here...


> About your slimmed-down httpd.conf - I didn't notice a UserDir
> directive... Also - could you check that your user directories are within
> the apache webspace (although that should give a 403 error... hmmm)
> Note that suexec is a feature which is enabled at compile-time.. Did you
> activate it then (perhaps inadvertantly)? check out the suexec tutorial
> for more details.
> Rgds,
> owen Boyle

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