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New to perl CGI scripts

Posted on 2001-06-16
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Hello!

I've made CGI scripts in C++ before, and understand the basics of how they work.

I would now like to try my hand at making some perl CGI scripts.  What do I need to do?  Do I have to "compile" the perl script into a CGI?  My web site hosting company says that they don't support perl scripts, but they do allow you to use scripts that are converted to exe's via a "perl2exe" program.

Basically, with that in mind, I want to know what I have to do to get started.  Thanks!
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oh that is so weak of your host!!

personally, I do not really care for perl2exe except for hacking purposes, because the exe's it makes are not as stable as the actuall perl.

also, of course, your webserver is IIS right?
otherwise I don't think you will be running exe on a unix/linux

oh well, you can download it from indigostar.com.

you will have to configure the web server (or the host will) to run exe's like that (instead of downloading them)

otherwise, you just  write the script in perl on your machine (with activestate perl installed - activestate.com)

test it, make sure it works, and then perl2exe scriptname.pl will create scriptname.exe which you can then use.


Hope that helps....

Bob
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you do know that perl written from C I think...so your C progs should be running faster and more stable anyways..
I guess the advantage to using perl is you should be able to whip out cgi's a lot faster :)
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Hmm, before I go an install all this stuff and let it invade the system, how big are the exe's generated by the perl2exe program?  Are they that big?  If so, perhaps I'll stick with C++ because those exes are usually only about 20kb.
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oh yeah...excatly my point too..I didn't mention because I didn't know how big C++ was making them...

since perl2exe actually writes all the code from the used modules into the exe, the files are quite large.

usually at least 600kb


Bob
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Hmm, perhaps since my web hosting company doesn't support perl scripts in the non-exe format, I won't bother with perl.  Thanks for your input!
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