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Old 04-26-2004, 09:45 AM   #1
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Kicking off a script form a web page


Just looking for some advice on how best to approach this problem on RH9.

I am wanting to display a web page that a user have to authenticate on to. The resulting page shows a number of scripts that appears in a matching home directory on the box and allows them to start the scripts.

User 1 has scripts A & B
User 2 has scripts C & D & E

When User 1 logs in they are presented only with the scripts A & B which live in their user area. This person can then call a routine that will execute either one of them.

At the moment I am looking for advice in to which languages would be best to attempt this in and if anyone knows of any examples out there, can they point me in the direction so I can take a look at them.

I do web programming for a living so the choice of language is unimportant to me at the moment in terms of learning it, but its the concept of presenting a specific users files and executing them that I am interested in, and if its more flexible in one language than another.

Old 04-26-2004, 11:35 AM   #2
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I understand what your saying, and, your not gonna do it.
Web Pages do not run programs on a persons computer, unless that program is a virus. Programs can be run that will access a web page for info and go to certain areas of the webpage, but that's not what your asking for.

What your asking for is a way that would, if possible, allow anyone with a web page to run anything on another persons computer just because it exists. Since this would be a really stupid idea... web browsers don't do this.
Old 04-26-2004, 01:09 PM   #3
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Do you mean the scripts all reside on the ONE red hat box and will only effect that person's user space on the red hat box? If that's the case you could achieve what you want to do fairly simply in perl. You could have a cgi script which does a directory listing of the user's home space on the RH box and displays the names of any files ending in .sh (or any other sort of extension you want) on the web could then arrange that script to be run when the user clicks on it, assuming that the script is also written in perl.


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