Newbie question

Jobst Schmalenbach jobst at
Wed Jul 23 02:13:36 CDT 2003

On Wed, Jul 23, 2003 at 04:36:42PM +1000, Dayton, Bryan (BDayton at wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've just started on Perl - having just done a two day course - and been asked to maintain a heap of perl scripts that are activated via action items on html forms.
> Is it possible turn on perl debugging in this environment (html) so I can see what the scripts are doing?

The easiest way (IMHO) is to use 

  print STDERR "some message: $somevar\n";

which will output to the stderr of the webserver, which is (in most cases) a file
specified in /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf (if you are on a *unix box);

   ErrorLog /var/log/httpd/error_log

You can then simply

   tail -f /var/log/httpd/error_log

and you will see your messages.


C is a write-only language.

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