[Melbourne-pm] apache and perl and

Scott Penrose scottp at dd.com.au
Sun Aug 24 16:06:57 PDT 2008

Also can use vmware

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On 25/08/2008, at 8:13, Craig Sanders <cas at taz.net.au> wrote:

> On Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 05:27:25PM +1000, Ben Hare wrote:
>> is it necessary to work on your own pc? cos if not, you really are
>> going about this the hard way. if you don't have an environment at
>> work, how about a cheap web host? you'd have your hello world script
>> up and running in a few seconds most likely with the help of docs
>> telling you exactly how to get your cgis working.
> another similar option would be to get an old PC and install linux on
> it. pretty much any old computer will do, even an ancient pentium with
> 64MB RAM and a network card will do for a lightly load home/ 
> experimental
> web server (that spec used to be considered adequate for real web  
> sites
> out on the internet 10+ years ago....but, of course, the newer &  
> faster
> & bigger, the better).
> run ubuntu or debian linux on it (debian's probably easier to have a
> minimal install without graphical desktop, which is what you want for
> a server, especially on ancient hardware). the system doesn't need a
> screen or keyboard or even a CD-ROM except for the initial install -  
> as
> soon as it's running, it doesn't need them any more.
> after the base install you'd need apache, perl, various perl modules,
> and optionally samba (to provide file sharing from the linux server to
> your windows machine).
> then you would either:
> 1. install putty.exe onto your windows box to give you an ssh client  
> so
> you login and get a command-line shell on the linux box from the  
> windows
> machine. then use nano or some other simple editor to edit your perl
> scripts.
> 2. install and configure samba on the linux box so that your apache
> DocumentRoot *AND* your cgi-bin directory appeared as network shares
> on your windows box - you could then edit the files on windows using
> Notepad++ or whatever and just save them directly to those shares.
> it may seem like more work to get this running, but it's probably no
> more work than stuffing around with apache + perl on windows.  Both
> of these things just work "out of the box" on linux because that is
> the environment they were designed for.
> craig
> -- 
> craig sanders <cas at taz.net.au>
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