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Contributed by aykes on Apr 22, 2001 at 23:58 UTC
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I have a perl program (running on windows). I want to run it through a webpage (local on my computer). Is the a way for HTML to run 'perl myprogram.pl?

Answer: trying to run a perl program in HTML
contributed by tinman

You need to install a webserver on your computer.. use IIS, PWS, or even Apache for Win32..

Next, write a HTML form as so..

<form action="launcher.pl" method="post"> <input type="submit" name="sub" value="Run this!"> </form>
on your page..

Inside your launcher.pl CGI script (yes, you've writen a CGI script now), execute the Perl script that you want using exec or system or backticks like so..

#!c:/perl/bin -w use strict; use CGI; my $q = new CGI; my $path_to_program = "c:/perl/myprog/prog.pl"; my $return_value = system("c:/perl/bin/perl.exe",$path_to_program); # this is the actual execution of the script. # now you can put a message to the user print $q->header; # send correct header, text/html # put HTML here

It might be best if you restrict access to this script to ONLY your machine..
HTH

Answer: trying to run a perl program in HTML
contributed by epoptai

You need to set up a webserver with Common Gateway Interface (CGI) to execute perl scripts on your local computer. Meanwhile you can capture the HTML output of a script with something like perl myprogram.pl >myprogram.html to view static pages in a browser.

Answer: trying to run a perl program in HTML
contributed by tomhukins

If you use ActivePerl, you can write client side Perl scripts, just as you might write client side Javascript. Be aware of the security implications of doing this: you don't want malicious Web pages to include things like unlink within <SCRIPT> tags, for example.

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