One of the most common name for a directory on a web server that contains CGI files. These directories are often under heavier access controls than standard directories..
A special directory where common gateway interface (CGI) scripts are kept. Since a CGI program is executable, having a CGI script on a web page means allowing everyone who visits the page to run a program on the system, which is not very safe. Putting the CGI script in its own directory is a security precaution; the cgi bin can be under direct control of the webmaster, which prohibits the average user from creating CGI scripts.
( ommon ateway nterface) A directory for storage of scripts (programs) used to produce dynamic content on a web site such as guest books, visitor counters, discussion boards or email forms.