I'm running a web server on a Pi3B+, using Apache. This is for an in-house library project, and the machine runs on its own AdHoc network. It will never have network contact with the outside world, so I'm not worried about security. Through a cgi script, I need to trigger a cp command, but that command is getting ignored. Here's a very simple bash script that isn't working:

echo "Content-type: text/html"
echo ""
echo '<html>'
echo '<head><title>Blah blah blah</title></head>'
echo 'Script is running'
echo '<body>'
/bin/cp /home/pi/query.sh /home/pi/newfile.sh
echo '</body></html>’

Similarly, I can't mount an attached drive, echo text to a file, or do anything else that manipulates files or volumes. I understand opening things up this way is a big security hole, but again, security is not an issue in this case. What can I do to allow this kind of access?

EDIT: The script is executing – it's properly echoing text back to the client browser.


  • Not enough information. Have you enabled CGI scripts? Have you enabled the language for CGI (bash is an unusual choice)? Have you marked the script executable? – joan Jul 19 '19 at 15:27
  • Oops. Left that part out. Original code snippet is now edited to show that CGI scripts are enabled. – Ben Long Jul 19 '19 at 17:12
  • Programming CGI scripts really does not belong to Raspberry Pi! Please ask at stackoverflow.com – Ingo Jul 19 '19 at 17:22

I copied and executed your code on a Pi3B+ and got an error. The last single-quote on


is the wrong type (looks like a start-single-qoute). This could just be a copy and paste error and not the issue. However, once I fixed that, the cp command worked as expected.

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  • This does not answer a question to Raspberry Pi. – Ingo Jul 19 '19 at 20:38
  • Thanks, tbitson. Alas, it was just a copy/paste problem. The single-quote is fine on mine. As near as I can tell, this is a permissions problem, so it's interesting that it's working for you. On my machine, Apache is still owned by www-data. Have you changed your permissions for that account? – Ben Long Jul 21 '19 at 16:25

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