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From Tom Schindl <>
Subject Re: Need some help hijacking the page output pipe
Date Thu, 11 Nov 2004 22:21:32 GMT
Mark S Lowe wrote:

> I have a need to create my own suffix and hijack the output for page 
> rendering code, and then re-output the page with my own OK. I have the 
> O’Reilly book “Practical mod_perl” and there is a great example of 
> this on page 114 in Chapter 4. However, the example is incomplete. The 
> example suggests that we can intercept the request for a page, remove 
> all the HTML tags, and re-output the page. This isn’t exactly what I 
> want to do, but it will server as a great architecture for my needs.
> I’ve got my <Files> directive working perfectly in httpd.conf, but now 
> I need some help intercepting the page request event, re-rendering the 
> page, and then outputting it. I imagine this is like a three line 
> explanation, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere. I imagine it 
> something like this:
> PerlModule MyPlatform::Converter
> <Files ~ "\.(pla)$">
> SetHandler perl-script
> PerlHandler MyPlatform::HTML2TextConverter MyPlatform:: 
> HTMLContentGenerator
> </Files>
> I just don’t know how to grab the HTML page text once it gets to my 
> module. STDIN doesn’t have it. So where is it?
> Suggestions?
> Thanks!
> Mark 

Well you have to read the file yourself:

package MyPlatform::HTML2TextConverter MyPlatform:: HTMLContentGenerator;

sub handler {
# .....
my $content;

  local $/ = undef;
  open( READFILE, |$r->filename| );
  $content = <READFILE>;
  close( READFILE );
  # ...


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