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How do I make Netscape run a CGI written in Visua Basics if it's a .EXE file and not try to download it? HELP ...ASAP PLEASE

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I have written a cgi in visual basics which compiles to  a .exe file. It is residing in the cgi bin of an IIS web server. When called with Internet Explorer it runs perfect as CGI , when called with Netscape, it tries to download it ...how do i get Netscape to run the .exe and not try to download it? Scoured the web all day and can't figure it out..Thanks for the help in advance.
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The way i have done it using cgishell.exe it is a shareware program available at www.greyware.com.  It functions as a wrapper to your vb.exe

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Could You explain further exactly what steps exactly you take to accomplish it please?...When i get this cgishell what do I do please?
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rebuild your project incorporating cgishell.bas.  in sub main before your code put "cgistartup" after your code put "cgishutdown"

to reference inputting form variables use:
cgiGetEnv("variablename")

to build the output use:
OUT "this will be html"

Everything else should work as it does in your current exe.

put cgishell in your inetpub/scripts directory.  Also place your vb.exe in it.

to call it use:  http://server/scripts/cgishell.exe/programname.exe

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Thanks for the explaination.. will go try it here shortly and get back to you ASAP... thanks for the help... anything further I need to know? All help will be appreciated greatly..... and if this works..... You can have a lot more than the 200 points .. heh..... thanks a heep
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The only thing I can add is that the shareware version outputs "created with greyware" at the bottom of the page.  

The registered version costs $150 for a corporate license.  When you get the registered version you can just replace the existing cgishell.exe with the registered one and the message will go away.

Hope this works for you.  It solved a headache of my own.  
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schrmar
found the answer...it works...and it was so simple...just needed to send a

"content type = text/html"

in the header...that's all it took. But you did give it a good try ... and I learned from it regardless... Thanks for the help and hope to speak to you again in the furture..Here's the points you well deserve..regardless... Hope my input will also help you to help others in the future... may I get Your email for the future ? mine is Jpeger@ithink.net
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I am glad all worked out well for you.

Mark
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I am glad all worked out well for you.

Mark
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Drop me an email with Your email if You wouldn't mind...appreciate all Your help Jpeger@ithink.net
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