Running CGI from within CGI

rodmc userprogoogle-139 at
Thu Feb 14 15:46:57 CET 2008

Thanks for the details, is execfile full of security issues or

You are right about exploring templates, I may explore that later.
However I need to integrate the forms in with another system, which
will not be using templates. I suspect I may have taken the long way
round but I suppose it also means I learn a little more Python :-)



On Feb 14, 3:26 pm, Bruno Desthuilliers <bruno.
42.desthuilli... at> wrote:
> rodmc a écrit :
> > I am new to using Python as a CGI platform, so please excuse me if
> > this is a dumb question.
> > Anyway I have written a series of web forms (with Python scripts)
> > which allow the user input but also retrieve data from a database. The
> > data entry stage works fine however retrieving data is a little more
> > tricky. However I need to find a way to call the scripts directly from
> > within other CGI's. At present when I go to the next page I call the
> > normal HTML page as below:
> >     p = open('somefile.html')
> >     some =
> >     p.close()
> >     print some
> > However I would like to execute a script instead so calling for
> > example - thus populating the existing forms with data.
> > This does not seem to work when I modify the above method. Is there
> > another way to do it? Thanks in advance.
> The QuickAndDirtyWay(tm) would be to use execfile IIRC. But since you
> *don't* want to do it that way, the best thing to do would be to factor
> out common code into functions in a distinct module (or in as many
> modules as needed), then rewrite your cgi scripts so they import the
> relevant modules and call the appropriate functions.
> And while we're at it, I'd greatly recommand giving a look at the
> various templating packages around (may I recommand Mako ?) and the
> FormEncode package for HTTP forms conversion/validation ?

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