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I'm writing a cgi script and posts and gets to other cgi scripts.
I know the GET command does something like this:
blah.cgi?string=value&string=value <--and so on
How does a POST work? I'm trying to manually type it in the same way and it doesn't work.. please help me.
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With POST, the argument string is piped to the standard input of the CGI script. The format of the argument string is the same as in the GET command.
The command-line equivalent of a CGI call with POST is

echo "string=value&string=value..."|blah.cgi

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But How would I be able to post it to the browser...
would I do a
http://whatever.com?"string=value&string=value"|blah.cgi
or how would I type this?
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You can't simply write it into the URL. Some servers support this (they don't really care if a request is GET or POST - they simply use both mechanisms to transfer data to the CGI script. Therefore, *sometimes* it works with a simple
http://whatever.com/blah.cgi?string=value
Ususally it doesn't, though.)

So if you want to call a CGI script with arguments you have to use a FORM with METHOD=POST.

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thanks pc... for my company, I'm releasing a "submit-it" type program.. The cool thing is the user only has to hit the "Submit" button one time.  The only thing I'm having problems with is server's that have "post" set up rather than "get"

thanks..
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