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Re: CGI problems

From: John Okoro <jokoro@cp10.es.xerox.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Aug 1996 10:20:41 PDT
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To: Anselm Baird-Smith <abaird@w3.org>
Cc: www-jigsaw@w3.org
        I was recently able to get the CGI script I sent you, to work with 
Jigsaw, under SunOS.  The script was one I found on the Web, that was
supposed to 
simply be placed in the cgi-bin along with it's accompanying library.  Being
rather new to CGI scripting, I had to do a good amount of reading to get it to
work correctly.  I hope this information is useful.
        The necessary changes (some of which would be obvious to someone
familiar with CGI scripts) were as follows.
        1.  The accompanying library needed (cgi-lib.pl) to be modified to
            include path information (without viewing the library there is no 
            way of knowing this, this was the most subtle problem).
        2.  The noheader attribute was set to false.
        3.  generates-form to true.
        4.  content-language needs to be set, in this case to perl.
        5.  Of course the command attribute must also be set with complete path 
            information for the script.
        6.  I left the rest of the attributes at their default values.
        7.  An obvious problem was that I needed to use chmod to make the 
            script executable.
With these changes the script worked. However the script is supposed to
display the 
content of the file that was uploaded, to the client browser, which it still
not do properly.  Instead the name of the file and not it's contents are
I think this has to do with the content-type header not matching up
correctly in the 
server and the script.
John Okoro.        
At 08:41 PM 8/8/96 PDT, you wrote:
>I have been working on the CgiResource, preparing it for the next
>release. I know lots of people had trouble with it.
>I tried to run John Okorondudu <jokoro@cp10.es.xerox.com> perl script,
>although I am not a perl hacker, I wasn;t able to make it run without
>some modification. John, if you are still here, can you tell me if
>this script has ever run on any server ?
>Also, I know people on OS/2 had a hard time with CGIs, I would like to
>know if anything can be done to fix it (I can't remember if it was a
>Java impl problem, or a Jigsaw problem).
>I wil try it myself on windows, and make sure it is able to do
>something usefull there, if Mac people could provide some feedback it
>would be nice.
>The most visible improvment I did to this resource, is to default
>command[0] (the script path), to the resource path, which means that
>you can now use the resource indexer, to declare all ".pl" files to be
>exported by a CgiResource. 
Received on Friday, 9 August 1996 13:29:13 UTC

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