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Why am I prompted to open/save a file named "index.pl" after install, rather than being transferred to the login screen?

If immediately after installing a self hosted edition of our MIDAS room booking software on your server, your web browser prompts you to open or save a file named "index.pl", then is can be as a result of your web server configuration not currently allowing Perl (the language in which MIDAS is written) to be executed in the server directory to where you have installed your MIDAS booking system.

On some web server configurations, Perl (and CGI) is restricted by default to only be executable from within the server's "cgi-bin" (or equivalent) directory.

If you encounter this issue, then you'll need to either reinstall your MIDAS booking system to a different server location which does permit the execution of Perl/CGI, or enable script execution for the current directory you've installed your self-hosted MIDAS booking system to.

If you're running an Apache server (regardless of platform), details of how to enable script execution in server locations other than in the default cgi-bin folder may be found in Step 3 of our How to install & configure Apache on a Windows server article.

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