Pel script called using a HTML form??

Posted on 2002-03-05
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Last Modified: 2010-03-05
I have a perl script that I usually run from the command line on an unix machine. Now I would like to call that script passing in parameters from a html form. It will be a simple form with only 2 input boxes. I am not sure this is even possible without using CGI.

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Kim Ryan earned 300 total points
ID: 6842550
You will need to use CGI and store the program on a machine with a web server such as apache. But the actual changes to the script should be very minor.

use CGI;
use CGI::Carp qw/fatalsToBrowser/;

my $query = new CGI;
print $query->header('text/html');
print $query->start_html(-title=>My Demo');

$input1 = $query->param("text1");
print $query->p("My first input field is $input");

...rest of your existing program...

print $query->end_html;

Author Comment

ID: 6842626
Thanks, I will try that tomorrow because I am not sure where to place the perl script. I will let you know.

Author Comment

ID: 6842654
Thanks, I will try that tomorrow because I am not sure where to place the perl script. I will let you know.
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Expert Comment

ID: 6842885

".. I am not sure this is even possible without using CGI...."

Yes. This very much possible using CGI. in fact, CGI is meant to do exactly this.

In order to have the HTML form call the Perl script you might have to make small changes.

However, the exact extent of this changes can be know only after you have posted the current code & the HTML form here.

Perl offers the CGI module to make the task easier.

So, here is what i would suggest.

* Post the current version of your Perl script
* Post the HTML form that will eventually call this Perl script.
* Provide details on what should happen after the Perl script has received the HTML form variables

Also, if you can answer the following questions, you can expect to get a more accurate solution, fast.

What OS are you on? Do you have the CGI Perl module installed? Do you have a web server running on your system? Have you configured your web server to run with Perl? Do you have a directory designated as the cgi-bin directory?

Pl. let me know.

Expert Comment

ID: 6843077
Well its not possible not using CGI.  A form is CGI.  So if your using a form your using CGI.  Now, my question is if your using a form then why can't you use CGI, since your already using it to send the form.

The only thing I can think of is you are using a website provider that doesn't allow alteration of formmail or scripts.

If so get in contact with me, I can help you out there and get you a website account where you can alter formmail and scripts.  You definitely need it to do what you want to and I have done this kind of thing before.

Email me, billcom@piniarski.com

Author Comment

ID: 6844546
Going to accept teraplane's answer

Author Comment

ID: 6844548
Thanks this got me on the right track and I was able to figure the rest out.

Expert Comment

ID: 6844854
There is no need to reject answers if you are accepting one.  You just accept one and leave the rest
alone.  Like everyone else I was just trying to help.

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