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I want to access this page (working)

http://stats.example.com/cgi-bin/awstats.pl?config=www.example.com

via

http://stats.example.com/?config=www.example.com

<VirtualHost *:80>
        ServerName stats.example.com
        DocumentRoot /usr/lib/cgi-bin/
        DirectoryIndex awstats.pl
</VirtualHost>

however this triggers the download of awstats.pl, obviously not my intention. How can I make this work, or is there a concept I am missing?

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It is not sufficient that the script be in a directory called "cgi-bin" on the filesystem; it must be using the cgi-script handler. Use a SetHandler directive to set the handler within a <Files> section to restrict it to the appropriate filenames.

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