CGI Fiction Search Example

J. Landman Gay jacque at
Thu Sep 2 11:20:54 EDT 2004

On 9/2/04 9:22 AM, Gregory Lypny wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> I'm trying to run Jacqueline Landman Gay's Fiction Search CGI example on 
> my iBook.  I think I've set the correct file permissions for the files 
> in the CGI bin; everything is read-write.  But when I try to do a search 
> in my browser, it loads for a very long time and then I get the 
> following internal server error (no. 500):
> ---------------- copied from browser---------------
> Internal Server Error
>  The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was 
> unable to complete your request.
>  Please contact the server administrator,  [no address given] and inform 
> them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done 
> that may have caused the error.
>  More information about this error may be available in the server error 
> log.
> Apache/1.3.29 Server at hurricane.local Port 80
> ---------------- end of copied from browser---------------
> The same thing happens when I try to run her  What am I doing 
> wrong?

There isn't any way to know until you look at the system log. What OS 
are you on? If it is OS X, the log is located at:


You may have to use the Finder's "Go" menu to type in the path since 
those folders are normally invisible on OS X. I usually place an alias 
to the error log on my desktop so I can open it easily while I'm debugging.

The last reported error will be at the bottom of the log. If there is a 
scripting error, the engine will provide a clue to the command that 
failed. If there is an installation or permission error, you'll see that 

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