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displaying HTML page after cookie set

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Here's the scenario that a user would go through when selecting a particular link on the site I'm building:

1.  cgi script that determines whether the user has ever been there before.  If "yes" then #4 below, else #2.
2.  form for first-timers that asks for a couple pieces of info.
3.  cgi script which stores the couple pieces of info in a cookie.
4.  the main page of interest.

My question is how does the script in #3 manage both to write a cookie AND then give the user a complex HTML page back?  I want the HTML page in its own file, i.e., I don't want to just print it out one line at a time from my Perl cgi script.  The last two lines of the script currently look like this...

print "Content-type: text/html\n";
print "Set-Cookie: username=$FORM{'username'} calhost=$FORM{'calhost'};
expires=Thu, 31-Dec-98 12:00:00 PST; path=/projects/blitz\n\n";

I thought of having the next line output a server-side include for the entire HTML file, but the server I'm using (I'm not the webmaster) doesn't seem to be set up for SSIs.

Is there another way?  
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chrisbolt earned 100 total points
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First of all, I think the Set-Cookie header should be printed before the Content-type header but I am not sure... second, for the complex page you have a couple of options:

1: Use this code to open a separate file and print the output:

open(INFOFORM,"/path/to/htmlfile.html");
print <INFOFORM>;
close(INFOFORM);

2: Instead of printing each line out separately, print it like this:

print <<EOHTML;
<HTML>
. (the rest of your page goes here, just remember to escape @ with the backslash. Quotes and everything work okay, and you don't have to print it out line by line)
</HTML>
EOHTML
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by:leta
ID: 1829715
Solution #2 doesn't meet my criterion that my complex HTML
file be allowed to remain a separate file.  But solution #1
is PERFECT!  I'm rather embarrassed that I couldn't think of
this, but I was so sure that there was some cgi thing that I
didn't know about that I wasn't spending much energy on Perl
solutions.  I did try one very similar thing...

      system("cat myhtmlfile");

but the output from system calls evidently doesn't go to the
same place as the output from print statements.  It should have
been a small mental leap from my attempt to yours, but I was
mentally blocked by that point!

THANKS!!!  
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