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F.A.Q : CGI/Perl Script
  1. Where can I get a PERL Tutorial?
  2. What version of Perl does the server use?
  3. What is the path to Perl?
  4. How do I program in Perl ?
  5. Can I use Perl scripts in conjunction with your services?
  6. Can I use CGI in conjunction with your services?
  7. What is Perl?
  8. What is CGI?  
  9. Helpful Links

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

  1. Where can I get a PERL Tutorial?
     
  2. What version of Perl does the server use? - Top
    Perl Version 5.006
     
  3. What is the path to Perl? - Top 
    This is the path to Perl:   #!/usr/bin/perl
      
  4. How do I program in Perl ? - Top
    We do not provide PERL programming support, please contact an experienced PERL programmer. You may want to look over www.perl.com.
      
  5. Can I use Perl scripts in conjunction with your services?  - Top
    Yes. Each account is setup with a cgi-bin directory where perl programs can be run.
     
  6. Can I use CGI in conjunction with your services? - Top
    Yes. Each account is setup with a cgi-bin directory:  /var/www/cgi-bin    
     
  7. What is Perl? - Top
    Perl (Practical Extraction and Reporting Language) is a script programming language that is similar in syntax to the C language and that includes a number of popular UNIX facilities such as SED, awk, and tr. Perl is an interpreted language that can optionally be compiled just before execution into either C code or cross-platform bytecode. When compiled, a Perl program is almost (but not quite) as fast as a fully precompiled C language program. Perl is regarded as a good choice for developing common gateway interface (CGI) programs because it has good text manipulation facilities (although it also handles binary files). It was invented by Larry Wall. Click here for more.
     
  8. What is CGI? - Top
    The common gateway interface (CGI) is a standard way for a Web server to pass a Web user's request to an application program and to receive data back to forward to the user. When the user requests a Web page (for example, by clicking on a highlighted word or entering a Web site address), the server sends back the requested page. However, when a user fills out a form on a Web page and sends it in, it usually needs to be processed by an application program. The Web server typically passes the form information to a small application program that processes the data and may send back a confirmation message. This method or convention for passing data back and forth between the server and the application is called the common gateway interface (CGI). It is part of the Web's Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). Click here for more.
     
  9. Helpful Links:
    Introduction to CGI Programming
    The Most Simple Intro to CGI - BigNoseBird.com's very general overall of the mechanics behind common gateway interface (CGI) programming
    Introducing CGI Programming on the Web - another general explanation of CGI from O'Reilly.
    Unix Commands
    Basic Unix - most of the commands you'll ever need for basic UNIX chores.
    Perl Guides
    Official Perl Site - the definitive site for everything Perl...FAQs, documentation, even the latest versions of Perl.
    Rex Swain's Perl 5 Reference Guide - fantastic resource, with virtually every Perl command listed/defined.
    Debugging CGI Scripts
    Selena Sol's CGI Troubleshooting FAQ - common problems associated with the installation of Perl (CGI) programs.

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