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Win32 Perl Programming: The Standard Extensions, Second Edition by Dave Roth

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CGI Script Problems

Now that the media has hyped the World Wide Web, CGI scripting has become a full-time job for some folks. Perl is a wonderful language to write CGI scripts because of its excellent text management, socket, and file capabilities. Using Perl for CGI scripts on a Win32 web server, however, brings along with it an entire armada of problems.

The most common Win32 Perl CGI-related problems can be boiled down to just a few topics:

  • Using PerlIS.dll. This is ActiveState’s ISAPI application that can run Perl scripts with more efficiency than perl.exe. When using this, you need to handle scripts a little bit differently than if you were just using perl.exe.

  • Security issues. Permissions and security settings of a web server can cause ...

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