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Ok, first of all, let me start off by saying that I am a front end designer and have very little programming knowledge.  So please answer me in dummy terms.

What I am using,
WinXP Pro, IIS, PERL installed

This page here works fine on its own, http://mp3nmore.com/cgi-bin/review/stars.pl

But when I try to add it to add that file via SSI into this page, http://mp3nmore.com/hi.shtml

It comes up as one big block of code as you can see, even though if I directly linked to that page it works fine.

What am I doing wrong????

This is the code on the hi.shtml page:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
<html>
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<title>Untitled Document</title>
</head>

<body>
<!--#include virtual="/cgi-bin/review/stars.pl" -->

</body>
</html>


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Question by:krymp
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by:StormyWaters
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I _think_ you can do it like this:
<!--#exec cgi="/cgi-bin/review/stars.pl"-->

But I'm not sure, as I don't use CGI, thus this is untested.
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by:Sohel Rana
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Hi:

Here is a step by step tutorial about how to call a SSI tag via cgi perl script  :


http://cpan.uwinnipeg.ca/htdocs/CGI-SSI/CGI/SSI.html

rsdn
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ITcrow earned 400 total points
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Both the following are correct, if the server is apache.
<!--#include virtual="/cgi-bin/review/stars.pl" -->
or
<!--#exec cgi="/cgi-bin/review/stars.pl"-->

Now the reason, why your SSI is giving you wrong result is:
- Your CGI is included as text.
- Your CGI is not accepted as a CGI script.

IIS has it's own share of bugs, when it comes to SSI.

Try using:
<!--#exec cgi="/cgi-bin/review/stars.pl"-->
<!--#exec cgi="/cgi-bin/review/stars.cgi"-->
<!--#exec cmd="c:\perl\bin\perl c:/path/to/cgi-bin/review/stars.pl"-->

There are also known bug reports at microsoft site confirming IIS SSI problems.
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by:krymp
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Thanks everybody, this works: <!--#exec cgi="/cgi-bin/review/stars.pl"-->

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