Error message in Apache log file: “Options FollowSymLinks or SymLinksIfOwnerMatch is off which implies that RewriteRule directive is forbidden”

The error message "Options FollowSymLinks or SymLinksIfOwnerMatch is off which implies that RewriteRule directive is forbidden" occured in my Apache logfile and the visitor was displayed an error 403 forbidden error page when trying to access a cgi-script written in Perl. The solution was to add the following for the directory in question to my Apache configuration file: 

<Directory /var/www/cgi-bin>
  <Files ~ (\.pl)>
  Options ExecCGI FollowSymLinks
  </Files>
  Options +FollowSymLinks +SymLinksIfOwnerMatch
</Directory>

 

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