why a cgi works an other don´t?

i have two cgi scripts in perl accessing to a database, both of them works in the command line but one of then
not in a web server (apache 1.3b7 on win nt);

this script works in the command line and in the web server: (SQL Server)

#!c:\perl\bin\perl.exe

require 5.004;
use DBI 0.90;
$dbh = DBI->connect('dbi:ODBC:ms','xxx', 'xxxx',{RaiseError=> 1})
  or die $DBI::errstr;
$cursor = $dbh->prepare("SELECT * FROM tabla");
$cursor->execute;
@col=@{$cursor->{NAME}};

print "Content-type:text/html\n\n";
print "<html>\n<head>\n</head>\n<body bgcolor=#fffff3>\n";
print "<center><table border=2>";
$a=$#col+1;
print "<tr>";
for($i=0;$i<$a;$i++){
print "<td>$col[$i]</td>";
}
print"<tr>";
print"</table>";
print"</body></html>";
$cursor->finish();
$dbh->disconnect();

this script only works in the command line: (Oracle 8.0.3):

#!c:\perl\bin\perl.exe

require 5.004;
use DBI 0.90;
$dbh = DBI->connect('dbi:ODBC:ora', 'xxx', 'x',{RaiseError=> 1});
$cursor = $dbh->prepare("SELECT * FROM tabla");
$cursor->execute;

@col=@{$cursor->{NAME}};

print "Content-type:text/html\n\n\n";
print "<html>\n<title>oracle</oracle>\n<head>\n</head>\n<body bgcolor=#fffff3>\n";
print "<center><table border=2>";
$a=$#col+1;
print "<tr>";
for($i=0;$i<$a;$i++){
print "<td>$col[$i]</td>";
}
print"<tr>";
print"</table>";
print"</body></html>";
$cursor->finish();
$dbh->disconnect();

isiAsked:
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wrussell051197Connect With a Mentor Commented:
check your HTML. I've found that many scripts APPEAR not to run correctly from the browser because they are not sending proper HTML. If the second script is a cut and paste, then the problem may be the lack of closing the title container </title>. I've found these problems a lot when working with very complex CGI programs, and I assume it would be the same for pearl scripts.
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alamoCommented:
The most likely reason is that accessing Oracle requires a support file (DLL for example) whose file rights aren't set properly, so that the user the server runs as has access to them.

Unfortunately I don't know the details of Apache setup on NT so I don't know who the server runs as. But you could test by either setting the server to run as you or by logging in as the user server runs as and trying to run the script from the shell. (this is for test only, not a good idea to run that way).

Also possible, though less likely, is that something in the Oracle setup is path-dependent... try putting the script in the path and running it from a different directory.

Hope this helps.
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alamoCommented:
One more thing.. I have a vague recollection from my days working with Oracle that it sometimes read environment strings to get configuration info... you could look at that, too.
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isiAuthor Commented:
thank you for all,
but this error was because, i had an error writing my e-mail.
al last i found the solution, the alamo coment was near the solution.
i have change my web server, that recognize all enviroment vars, and all my scripts
works,
thanks
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alamoCommented:
FYI isi, the proper way on Experts Exchange to handle a situation like this is to reject the current answer which is wrong and ask the person who made the comment which helped you solve the problem to post an answer, which you then grade.

Many experts here hesitate out of courtesy to post an "answer" unless they are certain of the problem, preferring to post a comment first and only post an answer when the questioner has responded that the suggestion worked. In this case, I am not thrilled that you used my suggestion but I got nothing, and I bet wrussell is not thrilled he got a grade of D. It's done now, and can't be undone, but I thought you should know for your future dealings on E-E how things work.
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