CGI Script with KSH to accept form input

Hi,

I plan to prototypet CGI with KSH.  I need help on how to implement it.!

I plan to test with a very small experiment.  A HTML form take LAST_NAME and FIRST_NAME.  How the flow of the script should be so that when user click the submit button can activate another script (also, how this script or C program get the reponse strings on FORM?) to record the string?

Any sample code provided is greatly appreciated!

Thank you

John
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PhilippeCommented:
Hi jma,

Here is a sample ksh script that will get first_name and last_name when called and that will add them to a name list.

#!/bin/ksh
echo "Content-type: text/html"
echo ""

#get the different variables out of the query_string

eval `echo $QUERY_STRING | sed -e 's/'"'"'/%27/g' | \
      awk 'BEGIN{RS="&";FS="="}
          $1~/^[a-zA-Z][a-zA-Z0-9_]*$/ {
          printf "QS_%s=%c%s%c\n",$1,39,$2,39}' `

echo $QS_last_name $QS_first_name >> namelist

cat <<EOF
<html><body>
<H2> thank you, ${QS_first_name}, for your results
</body></html>
EOF


Now here is a sample html document with the corresponding form which will send the info to the cgi-script:

<html>
<body>
<form action="http://www.myserver/cgi-bin/demo"
  method="GET">
first name: <input type="text" name="first_name" size=20><BR>
last name: <input type="text" name="last_name" size=20><BR>
<input type="submit" name="done" value="submit">
</form>
</body>
</html>


Make sure to put your script into the cgi-bin directory of your server (in the example the file name of the script is demo) and change the html document so that it points to the script on your server (in the action= part)

Basically what happens is that the cgi-bin is called with the arguments first_name and last_name put in an environment variable called QUERY_STRING. The cgi script can then parse this variable and do whatever is needed. Note that if your cgi script was a C program it could get the value of QUERY_STRING by doing a

args = getenv("QUERY_STRING");

If you want to know more about this consult

http://hoohoo.ncsa.uiuc.edu/cgi/overview.html for example

  hope this helps,

     Philippe


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jma050197Author Commented:
This is exact help I need!  Thank you.
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