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  1. #11
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    Re: Apache downloading PHP instead of running

    The former (file://) downloads the PHP file, while the latter (http://localhost), which is what I have been using successfully, parses and executes the PHP correctly.

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    Re: Apache downloading PHP instead of running

    That's normal behavior.

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    Re: Apache downloading PHP instead of running

    Quote Originally Posted by aysiu View Post
    That's normal behavior.
    Just to expand on that. PHP is a server side language, which means the web server (Apache/Nginx/IIS, whatever) executes it and spits back the output to the browser.

    If you are opening the php file as a file and not through the web server, it will show the contests of the file itself and not parse it.
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    Re: Apache downloading PHP instead of running

    I'm having a similar problem with .pl (or .cgi) files. They are in the ScriptAlias directory, permissions are 755 for both the directory and the file.



    Here's the relevant part of the .vhost file:

    <Directory /var/www/clients/client3/web12/cgi-bin/>
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all
    </Directory>
    ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /var/www/clients/client3/web12/cgi-bin/
    AddHandler cgi-script .cgi
    AddHandler cgi-script .pl




    The file runs correctly from the command line, but when I access it via the web, instead of executing, it tries to download.

    I've spent the better part of the last two days trying to figure this out. Any help will be GREATLY appreciated.

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    Re: Apache downloading PHP instead of running

    Have you considered adding mod_perl to Apache and using that for .pl files?
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-perl2 libapache2-mod-perl2-doc
    What are the .cgi file written in? Are they binaries or scripts?
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    Re: Apache downloading PHP instead of running

    Thanks for all the helpful information and advice. I'm marking this as solved.

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