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Redirect control to another PERL script server-side, keeping CGI Params?

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Short:
What is the best way to forward control to another script, server-side, while keeping CGI query params (or passing new ones)?

Long:
I'm redesigning a webpage, and the new frontpage has a login form. In the past, different types of users would go to different pages to log in. EG customers to a "customer.cgi" script which would required login before allowing access, and administrators to a "admin.cgi" script which would do the same.

As part of the redesign, I'm centralizing the security part into a separata class, and all users now log in from the front page, to say "front.cgi". That script then calls the security module & verifies user is right to go, then should deliver them straight to the page they'd normally see when logging in via the old system (ie. into customer.cgi & admin.cgi).

How can I, after verifying the user in "front.cgi" then pass control to "admin.cgi" if the user is an admin, without doing a client-side redirect request (eg. print $cgi->redirect( 'http://www.server.com/admin.cgi?controlPage' ) ). I can do it like that of course since sessions & cookies are stored when "front.cgi" confirms identity, but it seems like it should be very easy to pass control to another process, and would be the cleanest way to do it to my mind.

To do that I would need to carry over the CGI params used in "front.cgi", or POST some new ones (don't need uid/pass again).

Seems strangely hard.

Apparently using $cgi->redirect() should work if you redirect to an absolute server path (such as /home/site/cgi-bin/admin.cgi) but doesn't seem to do what it claims .. at least on my dev machine. Same goes for LWP::UserAgent.

Comments & Ideas appreciated & welcomed.

If we can find a solution relatively quickly, I'll make the changes tonight & there will be more points available for the efforts; otherwise I'll use a client-side redirect in the interim.  :)

Thx!!