Apache is a tool that helps your server read different files that are attempting to enter or you want to include in your site. It is an open-source HTTP server and is used to process files via Perl. Now, if you have files that runs on .script extension, and you want to process it using Perl as well, then you may need an Apache handler. This tool can help you customize and assist your server on how to read and handle different file types and extensions.
Note: Most cPanel and Apache users are confused with the functions of MIME types and Apache handlers. Some would often think that the two utilities are just the same and can be interchanged; however, altering both functions can misconstrue script reading. Basically, Apache handlers assist the server how to read and handle files and extensions; while MIME types assist the browser with the same task. In other words, an Apache handler is for server; while a MIME type is for browser. If you are unsure of which utility to use, ask your hosting administrator for assistance in case of adding either MIME type or Apache handler.
How to setup an Apache handler
To add this tool, simply follow these easy steps.
b. cgi-script. This handles files or extensions as a CGI script.
c. send-as-is. This sends files or extension that have HTTP headers intact.
d. server-info. This one retrieves the information in your site’s configuration.
e. server-parsed. This handler parses files or extensions for server-side includes.
f. server-status. This one retrieves the status report of your site.
g. imap-file. This parses files as an imagemap file.
h. type-map. This parses files as a type map file.
How to delete a handler
Although you can delete a certain custom Apache handler, you cannot delete the system-wide Apache handlers as it can cause unwanted conflicts in your server. Ask your hosting administrator for assistance if you encounter problems regarding your Apache handlers. If you want to delete an Apache handler, try following these easy steps: