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Why is my browser prompting to open/save a .pl file when accessing the MIDAS installer?

If you're prompted by to open/save a file named "" when trying to access the MIDAS room booking system self-hosted installer via your web browser, this indicates that either your web server doesn't know how to correctly handle cgi/perl scripts, or that you've not set the permissions correctly on the file itself after uploading it to your web server.

Browser prompt to open/save .pl file

Please check that the installer ( has been granted "Execute" permissions on your server (CHMOD 755), and also that your web server knows how to correctly handle cgi/perl scripts.

If your server doesn't know how to correctly handle .pl files, it may try to serve the unknown file type as a text file or as a download, instead of the correct action of "executing" it.

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