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Apr 18, 2002, 9:57 AM

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Re: [alalleyn] Obtaining information forms

- There are single quotes arround your filename!! open() fails! The script returns an error. The webserver doesn't send the message to the browser, since it's not a HTTP header. Bad luck i'd say. Unsure

use #!/usr/bin/perl -w
This is a great debugging tool!

If you have problems with understanding the error messages:
- use diagnostics;

It's recommended to declare all variables with my() first
use strict; forces you to do that!
my($x) = value;

use CGI::Carp qw(fatalsToBrowser)
- You'll see a lot of compiler messages (if you had any problems)

use: open(...) or die "can't open the file: $!";
- Not checking the result of any IO isn't good.

Don't forget the lock the file!
use Fcntl qw(:flock);
- before reading do:
flock(TXT, LOCK_SH);
- before writing do:
flock(TXT, LOCK_EX);
- before appending do:
flock(TXT, LOCK_EX);
seek(TXT, 0, 2) or die "Can't seek new EOF: $!"; # File size might changed after lock was released!

You're using the CGI module, why not using the header() method??? print $query->header('text/html');

So in other words:

#!/usr/bin/perl -w 

use strict;
use diagnostics;
use CGI();
use CGI::Carp qw(fatalsToBrowser);
use Fcntl qw(:flock);

my $query = new CGI;

my $file = $query -> param('file');

open (TXT, $file) or die "Can't open $file: $!";
flock(TXT, LOCK_SH); # no one can edit the file now.
my @text = <TXT>;
close (TXT);

open (DATA, ">>xmlWeave.xml") or die "Can't open xml: $!";
lock(DATA, LOCK_EX); # waits until no-one uses the file, and blocks it then.
seek(DATA, 0,0) or die "Can't seek new EOF: $!";
print DATA @text; # all in once; print can handle array's

print $query -> header('text/html');

print <<HTML_PAGE; # nice <<HERE; block
A Documentation file has been created!</h1>
Please open xmlWeave in a broswer to see complete documentation file

Voila! Wink

PS. what will happen if your users call your script like this:
This might be something you want to watch out for! Wink Good luck!

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(This post was edited by yapp on Apr 18, 2002, 10:00 AM)

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Post edited by yapp (User) on Apr 18, 2002, 10:00 AM

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