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Embeded Python in Apache2 not doing its job

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I'm new to both Python and Apache so sorry for any upcoming
dummy questions :)

I'm running Linux (Ubuntu 6.10) and have installed the following:
- Apache 2.0.55
- Python 2.4.4c1
- libapache2-mod-python

One thing I'm still not clear about is if mod-python and CGI scripts are
the same thing or not ? Because I think I've got it all mixed up. I don't
think that mod-python is really needed to run python scripts or am I
wrong ?

Anyways, in /etc/apache2/apache2.conf I have the following lines
AddHandler cgi-script .py
<Directory /var/www>
AddHandler mod_python .py

In the directory /var/www I have 2 files htmlgen.py and mypage.html

File: htmlgen.py
import cgi

print "Content-type: text/html\n\n"
print "Testing... "

File mypage.html
<form action="htmlgen .py" method="post">
<input type="submit" value="Test">

Now when I open mypage.html I get a button saying "Test". When I press this button Firefox wants to download the file called htmlgen.py. Why? Apache is not running the file, just sending it.

I hope someone can help me. I've read all documentation I could find but don't know what is wrong.

Best Regards
Dec 8 '06 #1
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