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Switched hosting recently (Linux, CPanel, WHM). At the old host, there was a subdomain that had a file (instead of a directory) as a root. The file was a CGI script. The said subdomain was created via CPanel by me a while ago.

At the new host, I'm trying to recreate this subdomain. And I get the following error:

The directory, /home/(...)/cgi-bin/guest.cgi could not be created.

Is there a tweak somewhere that enables this functionality?

EDIT: tried to repeat the trick on the old site, and I could not. CPanel update broke it, maybe?

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Perhaps you had an .htaccess on the subdomain created that leads the user to guest.cgi with a internal redirect ?

AFAIK cpanel subdomain will create the subdomain folder, so for example:

Our domain will be domain.com and our subdomain will be test

cPanel will create the subdomain for you and a default structure folder at the root of domain.com: /home/domain.com/test

Now you make a simple .htaccess file inside test with the follow content:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/guest.cgi$
RewriteRule . cgi-bin/guest.cgi [L]

The above file will redirect any request made to test.domain.com to be redirected to cgi-bin/guest.cgi !

Perhaps you had something like this on your subdomain... you can use a simple redirect in php aswell if you wish, make a index.php on the test.domain.com with the content:

Header( "Location: http://test.domain.com/cgi-bin/guest.cgi" );
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I just checked .htaccess in the cgi-bin folder - it was not like this. But then again, it could've been implemented via upper-level Apache configs. I don't have root rights on that box. –  Seva Alekseyev Oct 7 '10 at 20:46
@Seva it is not inside cgi-bin that the .htaccess should be but inside the root folder. –  Prix Oct 7 '10 at 23:13
it could be anywhere up the tree to the root or in the /etc configs. –  pjz Oct 8 '10 at 0:57
@pjz cgi-bin folders usually have httpd.conf rules which may get overwritten so it would not work and ALSO he wants the root test.domain.com to get to test.domain.com/cgi-bin/guest.cgi so if that .htaccess is inside the cgi-bin forlder it would never work. –  Prix Oct 8 '10 at 3:12

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