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First Time CGI

First Time CGI

First Time CGI

Running Windows 2000 and Apache.  

ActivePerl is installed in C:\Perl\bin
CGI-Bin is located at C:\c-web\cgi-bin
Web is located at C:\c-web\
Permisions are set to allow everyone full access.

I've started with just a simple CGI script to collect usernames and emails.  My website displays correctly but when I click submit on my form all I see is my .cgi script not the returned data I should be seeing.  I think it's because I don't have the first line in the .cgi file correct.  

Currently it is:

RE: First Time CGI

You need an http server if you want to run cgi scripts from a browser. Apache is free and there are many tutorails that explain how to set it up.


- Kevin, perl coder unexceptional! wiggle

RE: First Time CGI

Per my first post.  I am running Apache.  My websites are working fine.  It's the CGI that is not.

RE: First Time CGI

sorry, I missed the running apache part somehow. Then it's a setup problem. Google for an apache tutorial for the version of apache you are using. Here is one but I don't know if it covers your version of apache:


- Kevin, perl coder unexceptional! wiggle

RE: First Time CGI

Thanks for the link.  I did have some permissions set incorrectly.  But I still can't get the CGI to work.  I get a 404 error saying the requested url is not found.

Below is my code:

FILE NAME: porequest.cgi

#!C:\Program Files\Perl\bin\perl.exe
foreach $item(@pairs)
  $content=~tr/+/ /;
print "Content-type: text/html\n\n";
print "<HTML>\n";
print "<CENTER>\n";
print "THANK YOU<BR>\n";
print "$fields{fname} $fields{lname}</BR>";
print "I will write<BR>\n";
print "you at<BR>\n";
print "$fields{email}<BR>\n";
print "</CENTER>\n";
print "</BODY></HTML>";

FILE NAME: porequest.html

<FORM METHOD="POST" ACTION="/cgi-bin/porequest.cgi">
    First Name  <INPUT TYPE="text" NAME="fname" MAXLENGTH=15 SIZE=15>
    Last Name   <INPUT TYPE="text" NAME="lname"  MAXLENGTH=20 SIZE=20>
    E-Mail Addr <INPUT TYPE="text" NAME="email"  MAXLENGTH=35 SIZE=35>         
                <INPUT TYPE="submit" VALUE="Send Mail!">
                <INPUT TYPE="reset" value=" Clear-Form">

RE: First Time CGI


If it is error 404, the request does not even reach to the CGI script, the URL is incorrect. Theoretically in should be :


What is your URL ?


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