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CGI Script Faq

1. Would I be able to execute custom CGI scripts on my virtual host system?
2. How do I access the Perl 5 libraries?
3. Where are the counters, search engines, form mail, and other scripts?
4. How do I use Server Side Includes?

1. Would I be able to execute custom CGI scripts on my virtual host system?
Yes. You can install almost any CGI scripts you can get your hands on. You can create your own cgi-bin, that only you have access to. We provide access to the standard UNIX shell languages (awk, sed, etc), Perl 5 libraries, as well as the gnu C/C++ compiler.

2. How do I access the Perl 5 libraries?
When using Perl 5 make sure that the first line of your Perl CGI has the following: #!/usr/bin/perl

3. Where are the counters, search engines, form mail, and other scripts?
Check out http://www.scriptarchive.com and http://www.beseen.com
We highly recommend http://www.cgi-resources.com/ if you cannot find what you need anywhere else. Most of these scripts are provided for free as a service to the Unix community.

4. How do I use Server Side Includes?
Use the #include directive to include files into your current html document. The "file=" or "virtual=" elements can both be used. For example, let's say you were trying to include doc1.html into doc2.html. Both documents exist in a directory called "docdir" in your main htdocs area.

Here is how to use either form of the #include server side include in doc2.html to include doc1.html in subdirectory "docdir" in your htdocs area:

<!--#include file="doc1.html" -->
<!--#include virtual="/docdir/doc1.html" -->

Notice that the "file" element is relative to the current document directory and the "virtual" element is relative to the the main htdocs directory.

For information on other SSI commands, please see http://hoohoo.ncsa.uiuc.edu/docs/tutorials/includes.html#Format

Be sure to do one of the following to tell the server to interpret your server side includes:
1. chmod the file to 755 (see our unix faq for help on this)
2. Give the file a filename that ends in ".shtml"

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CGI Script Faq