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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] CGI error
Date Fri, 28 Mar 2003 13:18:12 GMT
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Jan Wera []
>I want to invoke tar and gzip to zip user directories from a 
>cgi script written in C. I'm using Apache 1.3.27 and when I 
>try this, I allways get status exit code 128.
>Since this works fine when I run it from the commandline, I 
>think it has something to do with Apache. I've specified all 
>the directories that need to be accessed in the httpd.conf 
>file. I've been experimenting with this for quite some time 
>now and don't have a clue of what it might be.

Remember that CGI programs are invoked in a separate shell forked by
apache which belongs to the user defined by the "User" directive.
Generally, this user will not have permission to write on the directory
(you need to write if you are tarring and zipping). Either make the:

- apache User = directory owner
- directory owned by apache user
- directory group writeable
- or use suexec to allow apache to run as a different user (see docs for

Owen Boyle
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>I've tried to do the same under Linux and there it works fine...
>Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks!
>Jan Wera
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