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Redirecting URL to a CGI script instead of an HTML page?

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I would like to redirect my URL (say www.me.com) to execute a perl script that will preform some checks BEFORE loading my home page.  I would like to know if it is possible to redirect to a CGI program?  I am running Windows NT with a Netscape Fastrack server.

Any suggestions would be helpful,
Mike
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There should be at least two ways you can do this. The first (easy, but a few drawbacks) involves creating a HTML index page which simply refreshes the browser to the CGI url:

<HTML><META HTTP-EQUIV="Refresh" CONTENT="0; URL=http://www.yourco.co.uk/">
<HEAD><TITLE></TITLE></HEAD>
<BODY><A HREF="http://www.yourco.co.uk/">Proceed</A></BODY></HTML>

The problem is that very old browsers may not recognise the refresh, hence the href link. This may or may not be a problem depending on the demographics of the kind of person who will visit your site.

The other way is to change the default home page (via the server) to point to your cgi-bin script and directory. I know this is possible in free web servers such as Omni HTTPd and Sambar, but I am afraid I have no direct experience with Fastrack.
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