[Catalyst] problem with Apache and FastCGI

Robert Wohlfarth rbwohlfarth at gmail.com
Mon May 28 00:55:37 GMT 2012

On Sun, May 27, 2012 at 6:36 PM, Luis Mu=F1oz <luisemunoz at gmail.com> wrote:

> Write a small cgi script that dumps the environment and take a look. You
> might be surprised

I'll second that. There is a really good chance that Apache is not giving
your script the same environment as the shell. And that is why can't find

Here's a snippet about environment variables from the Apache documentation
on CGI:
Path information and environment

When you run a program from your command line, you have certain information
that is passed to the shell without you thinking about it. For example, you
have a PATH, which tells the shell where it can look for files that you

When a program runs through the web server as a CGI program, it may not
have the same PATH. Any programs that you invoke in your CGI program (like
sendmail, for example) will need to be specified by a full path, so that
the shell can find them when it attempts to execute your CGI program.

A common manifestation of this is the path to the script interpreter (often
perl) indicated in the first line of your CGI program, which will look
something like:


Make sure that this is in fact the path to the interpreter.

In addition, if your CGI program depends on other environment
you will need to assure that those variables are passed by Apache.
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Robert Wohlfarth
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