[Mapserver-users] Install Problem on i668 Linux Using .tar.gz

Mark Cave-Ayland m.cave-ayland at webbased.co.uk
Tue May 11 04:14:00 EDT 2004

Hi Ben,

> -----Original Message-----
> From: mapserver-users-admin at lists.gis.umn.edu 
> [mailto:mapserver-users-admin at lists.gis.umn.edu] On Behalf Of 
> Ben Minton
> Sent: 11 May 2004 07:57
> To: MapServer List
> Subject: [Mapserver-users] Install Problem on i668 Linux Using .tar.gz
> Hi All
> Installed Apache 1.3.29 on i686 Fedora Core 1. Works 100%. 
> Standard installation.

Interesting - I guess you have a valid reason for not installing the
standard Apache 2 (httpd) RPMs that come with Fedora Core? :)

> Installing MapServer as per instructions @ URL 
> http://mapserver.gis.umn.edu/doc40/unix-> install-howto.html#compiling
> Compiled fine. As per info
> A simple test is to try and run it:
>   [user at host mapserver]$ ./mapserv
>   This script can only be used to decode form results and
>   should be initiated as a CGI process via a httpd server.
>   [user at host mapserver]$
> So it appears to have performed that action OK.
> Next part, Installation, MapServer Binary is where I am 
> getting stymied.
> "The main goal is to get the "mapserv" binary installed in a 
> publicly accessible directory that is configured to run CGI 
> programs and scripts."
> OK, but what is the MapServer Binary and where do I find it 
> to move it?
> "Under a default configuration, the CGI directory is 
> "/usr/local/apache/cgi-bin" (RedHat users will use 
> "/home/httpd/cgi-bin"). " 
> As I am using Fedora (based on rxx hxx) I checked /home/httpd 
>  --> no cgi-bin there. While my apache install is actually in 
> /usr/local/apache  --> cgi-bin is there.

Using the standard RedHat RPMs, the cgi-bin directory is normally
/var/www/cgi-bin but it will be somewhere different with a self-compiled
install. The cgi-bin location is specified in the httpd.conf file that
is read by Apache (if you can't find this then a "find / -name
httpd.conf" should help).

The entry you need to look for is a ScriptAlias which on our
installation here looks like:

ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ "/var/www/cgi-bin/"

Copying the mapserv executable to specified directory should solve the
problem for you. A quick test is to access the mapserv CGI from a web
browser using something like http://yourserver/cgi-bin/mapserv and check
that you get the default error message which should read something along
the lines of "No query information to decode. QUERY_STRING is set, but

Hope this helps,



Mark Cave-Ayland
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