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.exe as CGI

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Hi

I am using an .exe written in Borland's Delphi as a CGI program. I have a server installed (Omnicron's OmniHTTPD 1.0). However, I cannot get the server to execute the program - it continually treats it as a download. Here is the form section HTML:

<FORM METHOD="get" ACTION="cgigui.exe">
<INPUT TYPE="text" NAME="name" SIZE="50">
<INPUT TYPE="submit">
</FORM>

What am I doing wrong?
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Question by:sderaadt
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If the server is sending the executable back to the browser instead of running it, it's because you haven't configured the directory where cgigui.exe lives as an EXECUTABLE directory or you haven't placed cgigui.exe in the EXECUTABLE directory you have specified.  If you're placing it in your HTML directory and trying to configure that directory to contain CGI program, stop and locate it elsewhere.  That type of configuration is a huge security risk.
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by:julio011597
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Sometimes a web server considers to be CGI programs just those having a "cgi" extension.

You could try renaming your executable to "cgicui.cgi".
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by:sderaadt
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Thankyou jhance, it is often the most obvious answer that is the most elusive!
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