this is unreal. i looked into the httpd.include file in the conf directory of one of my virtual domains. this is what was included for the execution of perl files in the httpd.include: <Directory /home/httpd/vhosts/final9sports.com/httpdocs> <IfModule mod_perl.c> <Files ~ (\.pl$)> SetHandler perl-script PerlHandler ModPerl::Registry Options ExecCGI allow from all PerlSendHeader On </Files> Anyone see a massive problem here? <Directory /home/httpd/vhosts/final9sports.com/httpdocs> eh... hmm. httpdocs? i changed the to cgi-bin. all scripts ran IMMEDIATELY. you have got to be kidding me. could this REALLY be the problem? this is on a psa 7.5.3 box. now im scared after reading that plesk overwrites these files, this will get changed back and everything will break again. can someone shed some light on this and let me know what ive found. and that if it is THE problem, where to fix a "master" conf file so that this wont get overwritten with the incorrect file location.