Runy newbie question


#1

Dear all,

I’m a newbie at ruby and I have a few simple problems. First I
installed apache and ruby on rails using the guide at
www.apacheguide.org. It appears to work fine.

Now, I have a ruby script that returns an XML file depending on the
input parameters. This script works nicely when run from the windows
command line.

However, I’m puzzled on how to launch it after a user clicks on the
“Submit” button on my website. What happens now, is that IE or FF
wants to download the .rb file.

Do you have any good online examples to share ?

Thank you,

Nick,


#2

Now, I have a ruby script that returns an XML file depending on the
input parameters. This script works nicely when run from the windows
command line.

However, I’m puzzled on how to launch it after a user clicks on the
“Submit” button on my website. What happens now, is that IE or FF
wants to download the .rb file.

It works on your computer when you click the submit button but not on
your website when you click submit?

Harry


#3

The problem is that your ruby script is also a text file and apache
doesn’t know if you’d just like to give back a text file or execute
the script. Per default, it does the safer option, which is just
return the text.

This script works nicely when run from the windows
command line.

However, … on my website, … IE or FF
wants to download the .rb file.

You need to configure the server to handle cgis. You can either do
this in the global Apache configuration or in a file called
.htaccess which alters the configuration for the directory you’re
located in. You’ll need to require something along the lines of:

Options +ExecCGI

to instruct the server that execution of cgi’s is generally allowed,
and:

AddHandler cgi-script rb

for Apache to treat .rb files as cgi’s. Not sure how this is handled
on Windows, but the script also needs to be executable (chmod +x on
unix).

Sort through the Apache manual, start here:
http://httpd.apache.org/docs/1.3/howto/htaccess.html#cgi

Cheers,
-tim