GET Request from Revolution Fails

Sannyasin Sivakatirswami katir at
Sat Dec 27 22:27:45 EST 2003

Ok, this was good in theory. But shell seems "dead" with the linux 
engine we are using.

We can log into the Linux server in Austin from Hawaii via SSH and 
issue a shell command like this

ls -al  ## obvious and simple

But if we run this from inside an xTalk  CGI, nothing happens:

on startUp
put ("ls -al") into temp
get shell(temp)
put it into var1
put "Content-Type: text/plain" & cr
put "Content-Length:" && the length of var1 & cr & cr
put var1
end startUp

var1 is empty.

The version we are using is linux metacard engine version 2.4 build 
2... but docs indicate shell  commands should work find for that 

Any hope?

This is working on OSX with the latest version of Revolution. Is anyone 
aware of what the status of shell was with v2.4 b2?

Sannyasin Sivakatirswami
Himalayan Academy Publications
at Kauai's Hindu Monastery
katir at,
On Dec 26, 2003, at 7:55 PM, Jan Schenkel wrote:

> --- Sannyasin Sivakatirswami <katir at> wrote:
>> OK more info on this one:
>> We suspect it is because Revolution is not able to
>> accept an https
>> URL... it return "Invalid URL"  a search on the
>> lists doesn't turn up
>> much....
>> Hope there is a work around and we are missing
>> something simple...
>> ## where we are trying to get the returned web page
>> from verisign
>> put URL
>> "
>> [snip]
> It's in the keyword 'https' -- libURL doesn't support
> secure http yet, as that requires SSL.
>> We could use the onboard "curl" shell command but
>> the credit card info
>> is going to end up in the server logs... not ideal.
>> Thanks!
> Not necessarily ; while I was in college I spent time
> with some 'creative minds' who had come up with the
> following trick to erase their steps on the Solaris
> server : make the shell history file for the user
> read-only for the owner with 'chmid 111' ; this
> effectively prevents the shell from writing to its
> history file.
> Hope this helped a bit,
> Jan Schenkel.
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