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SUPPORT > CGI General Questions:

Where are sendmail, perl, and date located?
What version of perl does ProHosting support?
What is my "real" or "absolute" path?
What file extensions can I use for CGI scripts?
Where can I find pre-made CGI scripts?
How do I use Server Side Includes?
What does a "500 Internal Server" error mean?


Where are sendmail, perl, and date located?

Some CGI scripts require you to supply them with the system path to certain system binaries. Here are the 3 most common:

sendmail - /usr/sbin/sendmail
perl - /usr/bin/perl
date - /bin/date


What version of perl does ProHosting support?

ProHosting currently supports Perl version 5.8.x.


What is my "real" or "absolute" path?

Your real, or absolute path will be the same on all the Unix servers, it is /usr/home/web/users/a00*****/html/ . Just fill in the stars with the actual account number on your account. Also, just add the correct file path onto that path, and you are set. So if you have a file in a cgi-bin you would have your absolute path be /usr/home/web/users/a00*****/html/cgi-bin/file.ext.

For NT accounts, you will need to look in your NT netadmin to see your absolute or real path.



What file extensions can I use for CGI scripts?
When you use CGI scripts, you need to give them either a .cgi or a .pl extension. Otherwise, the web server will not recognize them as CGI scripts and will display them as a text file or html document.

Where can I find pre-made CGI scripts?

ProHosting recommends the following sites for finding pre-made CGI scripts:
http://hotscripts.com
http://www.cgi-resources.com
http://www.scriptarchive.com/


How do I use Server Side Includes?

ProHosting supports server side includes. The syntax for a Server Side Include looks like this:

<!--#<tag> <variable>-->

For example, to show the current date, insert this line into your HTML code where you want the date to be displayed:

<!--#echo var="DATE_LOCAL"-->

For more information on using server side includes, please visit the following URLs

http://www.apacheweek.com/features/ssi
http://hoohoo.ncsa.uiuc.edu/docs-1.5/tutorials/includes.html


What does a "500 Internal Server" error mean?

This error means that there is a problem with your CGI script. Please see our CGI debugging section for information on how to fix this. There are only 5 things that can cause the cgi files to return an internal server error:
1) The permissions are set to something other than 755 (the directories that lead up to and contain these files also must be set to 755)
2) The paths defined in the scripts aren't set to our server's settings. the path to perl is /usr/bin/perl so you would define it like this:
#!/usr/bin/perl
3) The syntax of the script is not correct.
4) The CGI file was uploaded in binary format, when it should have been uploaded in ASCII format.
5) You are using a module in the script that is not installed on your server. E-mail support@prohosting.com to request the installation of new modules. You will need to allow at least 48 hours for modules to be installed.

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