[sf-perl] Getting Help (was Re: Debugging a CGI script - how)

David Fetter david at fetter.org
Sat Mar 8 11:17:33 PST 2008

On Sat, Mar 08, 2008 at 10:19:29AM -0800, Neil Heller wrote:
> I've been modifying a CGI script and have run into a problem that
> bring to mind a larger question.
> My script uses data from a relational database to pull information
> about external files.  The script then displays information from the
> relational database and the contents of the external file.  The
> script then continues on the next iteration - each iteration equals
> one entry in the relational database.
> If there are 3 or fewer entries in the relational database, the
> script works well.  At the fourth entry in the relational database,
> Apache throws an error and the user (me at this point) receives only
> a generic-type error.
> Does anybody have any ideas about how to best go about finding the
> error?

Does anybody have a reference on how to write a good bug report/shout
out for help?  I've seen Eric Raymond's smarmy and condescending "How
to Ask Smart Questions," but it misses important points, and even if
it didn't, a person reading it is unlikely to get further than the
first couple of paragraphs unless that person is a core-deep


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