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This sounds like a job for SOAP. Also notice the use of the lookup table - instead of allowing the user to send arbitrary commands, only allow them a handlful of tokens that you consider safe:
package RPC; sub new { my $proto = shift; my $class = ref($proto) || $proto; my $self = { ls => 'ls -la' top => 'top -b -n1' who => 'w' }; return bless $self, $class; } sub exec { my ($self,$cmd) = @_; $cmd = $self{$cmd} || return "bad command\n"; `$cmd`; }
Take a gander at SOAP::Lite for more info, also check out $code or die's review on the module.

Update: I should mention that if you actually want the user to be able to have 'state', then you need to add sessions - check out Apache::Session. For example, if the user issues 'cd /' and then 'pwd' - the result of the 'pwd' will show that they are back at their home directory, and not root.

But, if they need that - then you really should just use ssh. :)


In reply to (jeffa) Re: Run arbitrary UNIX commands on webserver without telnet by jeffa
in thread Run arbitrary UNIX commands on webserver without telnet by dmmiller2k

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