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Using CAT command in Perl-CGI script

Discussion in 'Perl' started by upgundecha, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. upgundecha

    upgundecha New Member


    How I can cat a file's contents through Perl-CGI. I want to write a Perl-CGI program which will accept file's name from a browser on Windows machine and then cat the contents of that file back to browser window. Any thoughts how to do this?

    Thanks in Advance,
  2. pradeep

    pradeep Team Leader

    Here's the code

     use CGI;
     my $q = new CGI;
     $file = $q->param('file') || $ARGV[0];
     if(-f $file)
         $txt = qx(cat $file);
         $txt = "File doesn't not exist!";
     print $q->header,$txt;
  3. upgundecha

    upgundecha New Member

    Hey thanks Pradeep,

    But How I can take file name in IE on Windows? And Do I need to give this CGI script root access?

  4. pradeep

    pradeep Team Leader

    Just like you do it in *nix, just that you need to have drive names in the beginning of the path/to/file.

    Well you needn't give the script root access, if you are running it from a Web Server apache needs to have read permissions to the file.

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