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I am using a perl cgi script that does basically this:

main
{
    if (param)
   {
        process_form();
   }
    else
   {
        print_form();  
   }
}

At the end of process_form(), there is a call to print_form(), so that
I am basically having an infinite "form loop".

process_form() updates an INI file, in which there is a parameter read and
printed on the page by print_form().

So, let's say that I have submitted the first time and that this INI file
is updated.
I actually see that the parameter is changed when print_form() prints
the page: this is fine.

The problem is: print_form() also sets the default values of the form entries
by reading from this same updated INI, but the changes do not appear on
the newly displayed page.
To make them appear, I have to reload the page completely ("completely" means: not a straight reload, because there is this well-known Repost From Data box that pops up - I need to reopen the document by typing the URL, and THEN reoad by pressing the refresh button).

I tried to include a Javascript document.reload() function at the onSubmit event, but it did not help.

Does anybody have some advice to solve this problem?

Is the only solution to have the process_form() function write a second
page, this page having a Meta-Refresh tag to reload the first document?

Thanks for any hint!
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Question by:gaggio
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by:maneshr
ID: 2596164
i would suggest restructuring your program as follows...


main {

  if (param){
    process_form();
  }
   print_form();  

}

That way for the 1st time ONLY the form is printed. Every time after that the process_form is done & then the form is printed.

Additionally, add the following META tag in the HTML HEAD tag.

 <HEAD>
  <meta http-equiv="Pragma" content="no-cache">
  <meta http-equiv="expires" content="0">
  </HEAD>


Although this is not totally reliable (some problems in IE) it might still help you in a lot of other cases.
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by:gaggio
ID: 2596494
Thanks for your help.

I tried exactly what you said, but it
does not help. Moreover, it writes
the form a second time below the first
form, so that you end up with an infinite number of forms!
(and the second form is exactly the same as the first one: it is NOT updated)

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by:maneshr
ID: 2596754
are you calling print_form from within process_form??

if so then you need to remove it from process_form.

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maneshr earned 40 total points
ID: 2596778
can you send your exact code to this forum?

it will help a lot, Thanks
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by:gaggio
ID: 2596954
Thanks, maneshr
Yes, I was still calling it from
within print_form()
But I found a way to fix the problem:
instead of assigning the values to the
form entries while printing them
(e.g print textfield("myname","myvalue"), I do: param("name","value") right before printing,
and replace the print by print textfield("name").

This fixes the problem completely!
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by:gaggio
ID: 2596972
I'm pretty sure that by removing the print_form() call from process_form(), it would not have solved the problem, because without removing it I was getting twice the EXACT SAME form: no update at all!

Ok, but you deserve the points, since you were the only person replying to me, and I want to close the question right now.

Thanks for trying to help
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