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From Rich Bowen <>
Subject Re: SSI exec cmd on Win32
Date Sun, 20 Jan 2002 02:12:00 GMT
On Sat, 19 Jan 2002, Rich Bowen wrote:

> On Win32, the SSI directive 'exec cmd' is borked, permitting the
> execution of simple one-word commands like 'dir', but failing on
> commands containing spaces, such as 'perl /path/to/script arg1 arg2'
> After wrestling with this for nearly 2 hours, I asked on
> c.i.w.servers.www, and got a very rapid response from Bill Rowe, so
> apparently this was fairly well known, and I should have been aware of
> it. However, I wasn't, and wondered if it is appropriate to put this in
> the docs, until such time as there is a fix of some kind.
> I know that it is generally considered bad form to document bugs rather
> than fixing them, but the latter is not really an option to me, and I'd
> like to save someone else this same frustration.
> Are there any objections to this variety of documentation change?

This would consist of a patch like:

diff -B -b -u -r1.36 mod_include.html
--- mod_include.html    11 Nov 2001 03:24:01 -0000      1.36
+++ mod_include.html    20 Jan 2002 02:10:38 -0000
@@ -201,9 +201,21 @@


-          <dd>The server will execute the given string using
+          <dd>
+          <p>The server will execute the given string using
           <code>/bin/sh</code>. The include variables are available
-          to the command.</dd>
+          to the command.</p>
+          <p>Note that, at this time, on Win32, and on unix when using
+          suexec, you cannot pass arguments to a command in an
+          <code>exec</code> directive, or otherwise include spaces in
+          the command. Thus, while the following will work under a
+          non-suexec configuration on unix, it will not produce the
+          desired result under Win32, or when running suexec:</p>
+   <code>&lt;!--#exec cmd="perl /path/to/perlscript arg1 arg2" --&gt;</code>
+          </dd>

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