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Populate CGI from HTTP::Request wo/ using %ENV ?

by renodino (Curate)
on Mar 09, 2008 at 21:42 UTC ( #673125=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
renodino has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Does anyone know of a package I might cheat from to create a CGI subclass that gets populated directly from an HTTP::Request without using %ENV ? (I've seen HTTP::Request::AsCGI, but it appears to use %ENV to convey the values).

FWIW: I'm trying to build a CGI adapter for HTTP::Daemon::Threaded, but can't use %ENV, since modifying it in one thread would trash the values in the other active request threads. At present, it appears I have to re-implement big chunks of its some rather "interesting" code that I'd prefer to leave alone.

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Comment on Populate CGI from HTTP::Request wo/ using %ENV ?
Re: Populate CGI from HTTP::Request wo/ using %ENV ?
by Errto (Vicar) on Mar 09, 2008 at 22:26 UTC
    To the best of my knowledge neither CGI nor CGI::Simple give you a way to populate header information directly into their respective objects; they just pull it from ENV automatically. Those are the only two CGI-related modules I've personally worked with; there may be others. A quick experiment shows you can localize %ENV though:
    #!perl -l sub foo { local %ENV; $ENV{foo} = '1'; print $ENV{foo}; } foo; print 'yes' if $ENV{foo} eq '1';
    doesn't print "yes"

      local %ENV doesn't remove the magic attached to %ENV, so changes to %ENV still affect every thread, so the race condition remains.

      THREAD 1 THREAD 2 ---------------------------------- ------------------------------ +---- { T local %ENV; i -> Process's R_M remains undef m $ENV{REQUEST_METHOD} = 'GET'; e -> Process's R_M becomes GET | | { | local %ENV; v -> Process's R_M becomes undef $ENV{REQUEST_METHOD} = 'PUT'; -> Process's R_M becomes PUT print($ENV{REQUEST_METHOD}); -> Prints process's R_M (PUT) } -> Process's R_M restored to undef print($ENV{REQUEST_METHOD}); -> Prints process's R_M (undef +) } -> Process's R_M restored to u +ndef

      That's why I suggested local *ENV instead. Then modifying %ENV doesn't change the processes environment.

      Update: Added illustration of two race conditions.

Re: Populate CGI from HTTP::Request wo/ using %ENV ?
by ikegami (Pope) on Mar 09, 2008 at 22:28 UTC

    You could use local *ENV; to remove the magic from %ENV, making it a normal per-thread variable.

      Ah, yes! Thnx! Alas, I'll have to copy out the current %ENV into a temp, then copy back into the local'ized version, but that still makes things much easier.

      Perl Contrarian & SQL fanboy
        You can skip the temp:
        local *ENV = { %ENV };

        Just to be clear, child processes and forks won't see any change made to %ENV while this local is in effect.

Re: Populate CGI from HTTP::Request wo/ using %ENV ?
by CountZero (Bishop) on Mar 09, 2008 at 22:40 UTC
    RFC 3875 says that the meta-variables (which include the QUERY_STRING) are passed to the script in identically named environment variables. These are accessed by the C library routine getenv() or variable environ. (item 7.2 of RFC3875).

    As thus the environment variables are populated outside of your script by the server, you will have to find a way to capture these variables in a local data structure before messing around with them.


    A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James

      There's no relation between CGI (the protocol) using the environment and the need to create a CGI object from a HTTP::Request object.

      For example, CGI (the module) can already create an object from an Apache::Request object without touching the environment.

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