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From Dave Howorth <>
Subject [users@httpd] whatever.cgi.html
Date Tue, 21 Jul 2009 10:14:34 GMT
I have a problem with a legacy server - Apache 1.3. The content of the
site has CGI scripts scattered around so it has a directive (showing
just relevant bits):

<Directory /toplevel>
    Options ExecCGI

and it has:

AddHandler cgi-script .cgi

Unfortunately, it also has some static content files with names like:


Until just now, I didn't know that Apache parsed multiple filename
extensions and I guess whoever chose the naming convention for these
static files didn't either :(  The result is that these files resulted
in 500 internal server errors being returned to the users, because
Apache tried to interpret them as CGI scripts.

To fix it, I tried adding:

<Directory /toplevel/data>
    Options -ExecCGI

but that just changed the error message to 403 Forbidden, which I guess
means it is still parsing the filename extension in that directory and
then refusing to execute it.

Is there some way to tell it that all the files in /toplevel/data/ are
just to be served as static HTML?

I've looked at the FAQ and tried to search but it's an awkard question
to search for. And as you'll have gathered, I'm not an Apache expert!

Thanks, Dave

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