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CGI form Set Up

Date: 2002/04/03 10:01

Q:
I use frontpage 2002
I want to set up a form so that people can enter their name, email address
and questions to us.
CGI is confusing me because I am not sure what I actually have to do and
what our hosting company has to do.
1. What and where do I need to place a certain cgi file in my web
directory?
2. Our site is on an NT server rather than a unix, so it can only use .cgi
rather than .pl (Perl)
3. I thought most of the work was supposed to be done by our hosting
company. True?
--If possible, can you give me the exact steps I need to take in order to
get this going real soon?
Thanks a lot!
*NAME-DELETED* *NAME-DELETED*
*NAME-DELETED*Fitness.com
&
www.pbp-linc.com
A:
1. What and where do I need to place a certain cgi file in my web
directory?

It depends on the configuration of the web server. The service provider
has to give you guide lines.

2. Our site is on an NT server rather than a unix, so it can only use .cgi
rather than .pl (Perl)

True, and not true. NT web servers usually decide which interpreter to use
based on the extension of the file name. If the web server you use is
configured that files with the .cgi extension are executed by the perl
interpreter then the statement is true. On the other hand Windows NT web
servers, like IIS can be configured to allow .pl or any other extension to
be executed by the perl interpreter.

3. I thought most of the work was supposed to be done by our hosting
company. True?

Depends on your contract. Usually yes.

Regards,
Peter

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