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  • I have pages on my site that once I published were given the URLs of for example. When this link is clicked, all it does is redirect back to the home page. When I use permalinks, the blog posts themselves work fine, but the pages throw the following CGI Error.

    CGI Error
    The specified CGI application misbehaved by not returning a complete set of HTTP headers.

    Can someone help me with this?

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  • Anyone? When I don’t use permalinks, I get URLs created that look like the following:

    All that link does is take you back to the home page.

    If I modify the URL myself in the address bar to add index.php before the ? so it reads then everything links fine.
    Does anyone know what file and where in the code these links are generated so I can physically add the index.php before the ?

    Any help would be really appreciated.

    Bueller? Bueller? Anyone? Anyone?

    Actually the question to ask is why CGI is coming into play. WP is a php script, not cgi.

    Best bet would be to get with your host and see if it’s something on their end.

    I’ve never had this problem before. But it’s cropped up constantly since I installed WordPress version 2.3.1. It’s not a php problem, but it causes some serious problems on IIS apparently.

    replace code in your wp-includes/wp-db.php with the code below…

    This fix is for 2.3 and 2.3.1

    Feb 5, 2008
    [moderated code placed at ]

    FYI, this just worked for me to get WP 2.3.2 working too. Host is a Windows shop.



    This worked perfectly 4 me
    thnk u



    This fix the error but… it makes me to re-install wordpress!

    is there any other way?



    Indeed this works …

    I am running:
    -Windows 2008 Standard edition (full)
    -PHP 5.2.5 with FastCGI
    -MySQL 5.0.45
    -WP 2.3.2

    I don’t see why WordPress has difficulties installing. I have installed Joomla and Invision Power Board without any problems.

    Thanks for the code!




    I am running the similar problem here. When I go to the url that suggested above “”, it returns blank page.

    Can anyone let me know where to modify the codes?





    This link works for me:



    Connecting the dots…




    Thanks for the reply. I am still unable to see anything on that link: which returns blank page.

    I used both firefox and IE but see the same result.

    Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated.



    I ran into the same CGI problem. I’ve been running multiple versions and instances of WordPress with the same host for two years without issue, but the install failed for 2.3.3.

    I updated wp-db.php with the code above and it worked.

    I have a wordpress 2.3.3 install running on IIS. When I enable permalinks with dates and article names, then page, tags, and categories give the CGI error. If I choose the permalink option /index.php/archives/%post_id%, then all pages give the CGI error. The above fix seems to fix the problem when you get a CGI error during installation, but it has no effect on already working installs that fail when the permalink options are changed.

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