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Cgi-bin or cgibin?

Knowledge Base Lobby : uShop Support Conference : CGI Script Related Problems
Mar-23-18 04:22 PM EST
Original Message
Cgi-bin or cgibin?
Author Claudio Gennari on 04-12-2001 at 02:51 (EST)

I have been trying to get my order page ‘processorder.html’ to work using the ‘’ script without success. I have tried all suggestions available on the FAQ and technical support page to no avail.

While fiddling with the I noticed that the special characters parser subroutine parses out of existence my ‘-‘ in my cgi-bin subdirectory name, thus making the path invalid (see sample below as the content of the variable ‘$orderpage’ is printed out together with the error message).

On my server, the Perl script can only be executed from the ‘cgi-bin’ directory (the name includes the – (minus) sign), if the parser removes the minus sign, as per example below we’ll never get home. (Please note that I have no problem in executing the script and getting the standard reply using the cheat method i.e.:

If this is not the reason please help I have ran out of ideas.
All the best…
Claudio G.

NB. The ‘xxx’ in message below are my footprint in the

xxxUnknownxxx Order Page
Unable to locate order page: /


Table Of Contents
  RE: Cgi-bin or cgibin? Bill Weiner, 2001-04-12 06:57:47 (1)
            cgi-bin Claudio, 2001-04-12 20:27:56 (2)
                 Re: cgibin Joseph Pishgar, 2001-04-13 11:55:09 (3)

Messages In This Discussion
         1. RE: Cgi-bin or cgibin?
        Author Bill Weiner on 04-12-2001 at 06:57 (EST)

The recommended thing to do with uShop 2.x is to put your order.template page (I believe you called it "processorder.html") in the same directory as your file...and then set the "order_page" parameter to:

< PARAM NAME="order_page" VALUE="order.template" >

(As described in Section 6.4 on this uShop 2.x Reference Page: )

If the script is having trouble locating the "order.template" page in the same directory as your, then you may indeed need to use the full directory path.... but as you described, our validating subroutines will strip out the "-" if you try to specify the full path via the "order_page" applet parameter. Instead, you should try putting that full directory path in as your $order_directory setting (in configuration question #10 at the top of the uShop 2.x script).
                 2. cgi-bin
                Author Claudio on 04-12-2001 at 20:27 (EST)
Hi Bill,
Thanks for your reply. Tried all your suggestions… several times, but no luck.
Any chance for you to have a peep at my script and html code to see where I’m going wrong, surely someone must have similar problem as I have. If yes do you have an email address for this purpose?
Much obliged, cheers…
Claudio G.
                         3. Re: cgibin
                        Author Joseph Pishgar on 04-13-2001 at 11:55 (EST)
Send your script on in to and fill out a support request using the form.

Joseph Pishgar
Support Engineer
Microburst Technologies, Inc.

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