Execute a shell script from an html link - Passing varables back and forth?

Still need some help this this:

Think I am missing something fundamental here; the submit button works even without entering in the name.

Also how do I pass the name to myscript.sh ???
One other option I would like to log with the name is the Users IP address to be passed to myscript.sh.


<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
<html>
<head>
<div style="margin: 10px;">

<h2 class='specialT'> To restart environment </h2><div class='display'>
<h2 class='specialT'>Please Enter your name:</h2><div class='display'>

</p>
<form name="input" action="/cgi-bin/myscript.sh" method="get">
<input type="hidden" name="MANDATORY" value="UserName">
<pre>
          <input type="text" name="UserName"> <input type="submit" value="Submit" />
</pre>
</form>
<p>
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Justin MathewsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I just realized that there is another problem. It should be:

   return ret;

I tested the following HTML and it works for me.
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
<html>
<head>
<script type="text/javascript">
function checkData(frm)
{
   var ret = frm.UserName.value.replace(/^\s+/, '') != '';
   if (!ret)
        alert('Name is mandatory');
   return ret;
}
</script>
</head>
<body>
<div style="margin: 10px;">

<h2 class='specialT'> To restart environment </h2><div class='display'>
<h2 class='specialT'>Please Enter your name:</h2><div class='display'>

<p>

<form name="input" action="/cgi-bin/myscript.sh" method="get" onsubmit="return checkData(this);">

<input type="hidden" name="MANDATORY" value="UserName">
<pre>
          <input type="text" name="UserName"> <input type="submit" value="Submit" />
</pre>
</form>
<p>

</body>
</html>

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Justin MathewsCommented:
1. To make the UserName mandatory add an onsubmit handler to your form as:

<form name="input" action="/cgi-bin/myscript.sh" method="get" onsubmit="ret = this.UserName.replace(/^\s+/, '') != ''; if (!ret) alert('Name is mandatory'); return ret;">

If you want to

2. UserName will be automatically passed to user shell script when you submit. You shell script can access it in environment variable named $QUERY_STRING.

3. User's hostname and IP address will be available in environment variables $REMOTE_HOST and $REMOTE_ADDR respectively.
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hdazAuthor Commented:
So doing the following in myscript.sh

echo "$QUERY_STRING $REMOTE_HOST $REMOTE_ADDR"

should give me the UserName and Remote host and Remote address but nothing is shown???
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hdazAuthor Commented:
I thought $QUERY_STRING was just for php?
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Justin MathewsCommented:
QUERY_STRING is a CGI env variable set by the web server. Did you print an HTTP header? Try this:

echo -e "Content-type: text/html\n\n"
echo "<html><head></head><body>"

echo $QUERY_STRING
echo $REMOTE_ADDR

echo "</body></html>"

exit 0
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hdazAuthor Commented:
I added the following:

<form name="input" action="/cgi-bin/myscript.sh" method="get" onsubmit="ret = this.UserName.replace(/^\s+/, '') != ''; if (!ret) alert('Name is mandatory'); return ret;">

I saw it working and was happy not touched anything as far as I know and its stopped working

hmmm
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hdazAuthor Commented:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
<html>
<head>
<div style="margin: 10px;">

<h2 class='specialT'> To restart environment </h2><div class='display'>
<h2 class='specialT'>Please Enter your name:</h2><div class='display'>

</p>


<form name="input" action="/cgi-bin/myscript.sh" method="get" onsubmit="ret = this.UserName.replace(/^\s+/, '') != ''; if (!ret) alert('Name is mandatory'); return ret;">
<input type="hidden" name="MANDATORY" value="UserName">
<pre>
          <input type="text" name="UserName"> <input type="submit" value="Submit" />
</pre>
</form>
<p>
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Justin MathewsCommented:
Not sure why it stopped working. Put it in a separate JS function as:

<form name="input" action="/cgi-bin/myscript.sh" method="get" onsubmit="return checkData(this);">


Then define  checkData() in your <script> block in <head> section as:

<script>
function checkData(frm)
{
   var ret = frm.UserName.replace(/^\s+/, '') != '';
   if (!ret)
        alert('Name is mandatory');
   return ret;
}
</script>
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hdazAuthor Commented:
Iv tried but nothing displays

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
<html>
<head>
<script type="text/javascript">

<div style="margin: 10px;">

<h2 class='specialT'> To restart environment </h2><div class='display'>
<h2 class='specialT'>Please Enter your name:</h2><div class='display'>

</p>

<form name="input" action="/cgi-bin/myscript.sh" method="get" onsubmit="return checkData(this);">

<input type="hidden" name="MANDATORY" value="UserName">
<pre>
          <input type="text" name="UserName"> <input type="submit" value="Submit" />
</pre>
</form>
<p>


<script>
function checkData(frm)
{
   var ret = frm.UserName.replace(/^\s+/, '') != '';
   if (!ret)
        alert('Name is mandatory');
   return ret;
}
</script>
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Justin MathewsCommented:
My bad. Forgot to say frm.UserName.value. Try this:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
<html>
<head>
<script type="text/javascript">
function checkData(frm)
{
   var ret = frm.UserName.value.replace(/^\s+/, '') != '';
   if (!ret)
        alert('Name is mandatory');
   return false;
}
</script>
</head>
<body>
<div style="margin: 10px;">

<h2 class='specialT'> To restart environment </h2><div class='display'>
<h2 class='specialT'>Please Enter your name:</h2><div class='display'>

<p>

<form name="input" action="/cgi-bin/myscript.sh" method="get" onsubmit="return checkData(this);">

<input type="hidden" name="MANDATORY" value="UserName">
<pre>
          <input type="text" name="UserName"> <input type="submit" value="Submit" />
</pre>
</form>
<p>

</body>
</html>

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hdazAuthor Commented:
Thanks just tried the above still pressing submit without entering name or any data allows the script to be run...

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hdazAuthor Commented:
Interesting what are you using to do your testing ?? as it still allowed me to use the submit button

I am using CentOS 5.5 and Apache httpd-2.2.3-31.el5.centos.4

At this moment in time I am using w3m to test, i'll recheck again at but that wont be for a couple of days.
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hdazAuthor Commented:
I have tested with IE Firefox and Chrome as browsers...
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hdazAuthor Commented:
Sorry jmatix: I must apologize, I was giving false information....

i was testing the wrong script..... :)

Many thanks for your help and time.

hdaz
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hdazAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the help and time and please except my apologize for any confusion yesterday was a really long day.
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