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From (Robert S. Thau)
Subject Re: E71 Description File Addition
Date Wed, 12 Apr 1995 07:52:11 GMT
   Date: Tue, 11 Apr 1995 18:19:58 -0800 (PST)
   From: Brian Behlendorf <>

   This is one of those creeping-featuritis-potential functions, like log 
   file processing, that as said before are probably better handled by 
   passing that functionality off to a script.

   Here's a proposal:

   DirectoryIndexGenerator some_script

   DirectoryIndexGenerator would be the program that generates the pretty 
   HTML directory index.  It's got the full suite of CGI scripts, and gets 
   information about the directory it's in by whatever the language it's 
   written in has for obtaining the current working directory (like CGI 
   scripts do).  

   By default, httpd uses the built-in generator it has now - however, both 
   the 4DOS "descript.ion" and ALIWEB mechanisms can use this, and we could 
   distribute those scripts in the utils/ directory.  


Seems like a reasonable compromise... it would also probably work well
with an internal gateway mechanism, for sites where this sort of thing
comes up enough that CGI overhead might be a problem.


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