Any reason not to disable /cgi-sys/defaultwebpage.cgi entirely ?

kitchin

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Yes, I have the same caching issue as everyone else. I saw the suggestion in http://forums.cpanel.net/f402/fix-defaultwebpage-redirection-caching-280082.html to add <meta http-equiv="Pragma" content="no-cache" /> to /usr/local/apache/htdocs/index.html . It's by default a 3-line html file, with this:
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<META HTTP-EQUIV="refresh" CONTENT="0;URL=/cgi-sys/defaultwebpage.cgi">
Any reason not to completely replace index.html with a page that does *not* redirect ?

Is it used for anything else I'm not thinking of ? I want my /cpanel/ and /webmail/ links to keep working for example, but seems they would be unaffected. Anything else?

Google and forum search results are overwhelmed by the typical problem with it, so I had a hard time searching for an answer to this question.
 

cPanelMichael

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Hello :)

The recommended method of modifying the default website page is by using:

"WHM Home » Account Functions » Web Template Editor"

Is there a specific problem the redirect is causing for you?

Thank you.
 

kitchin

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InterServed, I'm not sure now to do that. I do have root in one WHM account, but the other one is a reseller. It sounds like the best solution for the one with root, if I can figure it out.

Michael, it's very sticky in the browser cache, especially Firefox. The problem is the browser caches the redirect, so you cannot even use a hard refresh (control-F5). That just refreshes the cgi-sys page, not the page you requested. And if you put the requested url back in the browser address bar, it autocompletes to the cgi-sys page. So the only fix is to empty the browser cache, which is 1. slow, 2. not something we want our users to have to do. Both Firefox & Chrome have made emptying the cache a more obscure function.

I cannot think of any use for the cgi-sys redirect except to help the web developer or administrator diagnose a DNS/mapping problem. They should be able to do that with other tools. It doesn't belong in the front-end, IMHO. It's hostile to regular users.
 

cPanelMichael

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You may want to consider opening a feature request to have the default website page revamped:

Submit A Feature Request

Our developers monitor the feature requests and submitting one allows other users to vote and add input.

Thank you.