I worked my way through the article about setting up Apache on Mac OS X to run CGI files. The place that involves running the "test.cgi" file had different results on my system. Rather than a 403 error, I got a 404, file not found error. I changed the permissions of that file to 755, and still had the same results. The error message obtained by using the "tail" command on error_log returned this line:
[error] [client 127.0.0.1] script not found or unable to stat: /Library/WebServer/CGI-Executables/test.cgi
The end of the access_log reads:
127.0.0.1 - - [23/Dec/2002:13:51:31 -0600] "GET /cgi-bin/test.cgi HTTP/1.1" 404 290
I can't really morve forward on this excellent tutorial until I get past this problem. The settings that are supposed to be in the http-conf file (discussed earlier in the article) match what is supposed to be present.