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I am very new to CGI programming in Perl.

In order to learn it i installed xampp 2 days back. But I am unable to execute my perl code . The code goes as folows:

use CGI;
$co = new CGI;
print $co->header,
$co->start_html(title=>'CGI Example'),
$co->center($co->hi('Subhayan welcome to CGI')),

Have saved the code in a text file named : Subhayan1.cgi and kept it in the folder cgi-bin under xampp folder in C drive.

When i try to execute this through my web browser typing : "http://localhost/cgi-bin/Subhayan1.cgi" it comes up with a "Object not found page".

I checked the apache configuration file under : xampp/apache/conf/httpd.conf.

I checked the entry : ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ "C:/xampp/cgi-bin/"

It looks like pointing to the correct directory.

What is the issue here can anyone help please???

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Did you make sure that your script is executable? chmod +x Subhayan1.cgi –  ddoxey Dec 10 '12 at 4:21
@ddoxey - does Windows use chmod? I thought it didn't. –  ghoti Dec 10 '12 at 12:31
Yes, you're right windows doesn't have chmod. But I'm pretty sure there's some equivalent. Probably right-click and selecting an executable checkbox. –  ddoxey Dec 10 '12 at 15:24

2 Answers 2

You should the webserver access/error log to see what is the real error.

Are you able to run the cgi script from windows commandline?

For Perl CGI script you should install Perl and

cmd> C:/xampp/cgi-bin/Subhayan1.cgi

The output should be:

Http 1.1

If everything works fine this point you should be sure that your installed Perl version added as handler for CGI scripts in Apache.


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Try the below will works fine.

use CGI;
$co = new CGI;
print $co->header,
$co->start_html('CGI Example'),
$co->center('welcome to CGI'),


use CGI;
$co = new CGI;
print $co->header;

print "
<title>CGI Example</title>
 welcome to CGI
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Hello! Welcome to Super User! Mind explaining why, this works, not just how? –  Qix Feb 7 '13 at 7:08

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