Problems with CGI, genCGI and a multipart form

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Mon Jun 21 09:45:31 CEST 1999


On Jun 17, 1999, peter_carl at my-deja.com wrote:

>I'm having trouble getting cgi.FieldStorage to read data posted as
>multipart/form-data.

>Right now I am testing a script using stdin piped from a test file.  The
>test file has everything after the header from a posted form, e.g.,:
>
>    -----------------------------172981055621895
>    Content-Disposition: form-data; name="section"
>
>    production
>    -----------------------------172981055621895
>    Content-Disposition: form-data; name="title"
>
>    This is the title
>
>etc...
>
>Environment variables for Content-type, Content-Length, and
>REQUEST_METHOD (POST) are set correctly.

1. Did you end the multipart data with an additional "--" to your last boundary:

   -----------------------------172981055621895--
   
   This is required to end the data portion correctly.

2. BTW, is there any reason you test your cgi script with a file via stdin 
   (plus somehow set your environment vars)? Isn't it simpler to just set up
   a httpd on your development host to test your scripts? Preparing the http headers
   and data file manually for testing is, in our opinion, error-prone.

3. We have used multipart POST cgi (with cgi.py) without problem in our 
   application. We always test directly with a httpd.

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alan kang
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