[Tutor] Testing CGI scripts offline
Thu, 18 Jan 2001 00:13:49 +0100
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Sez Sean 'Shaleh' Perry:
> On 16-Jan-2001 Jack Green wrote:
> > Hi Guys,
> > Just wondering if theres any way i can use my home PC to test my CGI py=
> > scripts, I'm sure theres a way to do it but i cant find one..
I'm just going to expand on these:
> a) many cgi can be run from a prompt, if given the right info
One way (The Way, most likely) to ensure a script is given the right info is
setting the correct environment variables. One to test is QUERY_STRING.
The value of QUERY_STRING is parsed for HTTP GET requests to CGI scripts,
and the standard library module cgi understands it. The format is simple:
Thus, in a DOS shell (or whatever it's called in NT):
c:\myscripts> set QUERY_STRING=3D"test_input=3Dfoo&checkbox1=3Dfish"
c:\myscripts> python myformparse.py
The value of the input field test_input is: "foo"<br>
The checkbox checkbox1 with value "fish" was checked.<br>
Of course assuming your cgi script generates such an output on that input.
I hope you get the general idea.
If you're on a UNIX machine, the commands are pretty much the same, a bit
depending on your shell. On a Mac, I have no idea.
> b) install a web server locally.
Personal Web Server for Windows comes "free" with Windows 9x, but might be
tricky to find and I don't know how it handles CGI. Apache is available
both for Windows and UNIX. There are others.
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