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[REBOL] CGI: debug mode

From: alex::pini::mclink::it at: 31-Aug-2000 15:22

>- Open Your Mind -<
[[[ MY-MESSAGES-TO-FEEDBACK-KEEP-BOUNCING-BACK MODE ON ]]] I've been going mad due to a malfunctioning CGI script. It wouldn't even tell me what the error was, I just got a generic error page. I've spent many hours trying to understand what the problem was, then I used a dirty trick (I simulated its execution *by hand*) and found out that the Content-Type wasn't being issued because there was a loading-time error, so even the very first instruction ( print "Content-Type: text/plain^/" ) wasn't executed. This happened online only, the offline execution was OK. Argh. Now the problem's solved, but it would be nice'n'useful to have a command line option to make sure that, in case *anything* gets written to standard output, the very first thing printed is "Content-Type: text/plain^/" or some other Content-Type. Now, if the script issues "Content-Type: text/plain^/" itself, that's OK, if the script issues "Content-Type: text/html^/" that's OK, if the script issues "Content-Type: movie/sci-fi^/", that's OK... but if the script issues anything else or if there's an early error, the REBOL interpreter issues "Content-Type: text/plain^/" *first*. So we can see what the hell's going on. :-) I realize this would bring performance down a bit, so it should be a separate, non-default choice. I was thinking something like --cgidebug or -d, like this: REBOL --cgidebug --secure none cgi-script.r REBOL -ds cgi-script.r Or at least have "Content-Type: text/plain^/" printed before any early error message when using the standard --cgi ((-: [[[ MY-MESSAGES-TO-FEEDBACK-KEEP-BOUNCING-BACK MODE OFF ]]] Alessandro Pini ([alex--pini--mclink--it]) Dave, about that monolith... "Yes, HAL?" "Have you tried the switch?" (-O HAL 9000 & Bowman :-)