'Premature end of script headers' error when starting Apache in boot time

Greeshma greeshma at mediaglue.co.jp
Wed Feb 25 05:44:27 CET 2004

Hi all,

I have successfully configured Apache 2.0.4 with RedHat 7.3 
and use Python 2.2.3 for cgi scripts. 
When I start Apache manually through /usr/local/apache/bin/apachectl startssl, 
I can execute the cgi scripts without any problem from the 
browser. This works fine. 

When I put the Apache start line in /etc/rc.local file so that Apache starts automatically at boot time, Apache starts without any problem, and I can access the HTML pages. 
But in case of CGI scripts, I get '500 internal server error' 
on the browser, and 2 errors in the error log '/usr/bin/env: python: No such file or directory, referer: ..' and 'Premature end of script errors'. In both cases, apache runs as root. 
I dont know much about this, but it seemed to be a permission 
problem, so confirmed that 755 is set for my cgibin directory. /usr/local/bin/python also has 755 permissions. 
This has not helped. Its not finding python, but I dont know 
how to fix it. At this point, if I stop Apache and restart it manually, 
everything again works fine. 

Any ideas? Any help would be highly appreciated. 

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