GET Request from Revolution Fails

Brian Yennie briany at qldlearning.com
Sat Dec 27 23:07:21 EST 2003


I would try setting the "shellCommand" property- I've seen that needed 
on various configurations before. See the docs for a description, but 
basically you need to set it to a valid shell script binary, i.e. 
/bin/tcsh

HTH

Brian

> 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 
> version.
>
> 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 hindu.org
>
> www.HimalayanAcademy.com,
> www.HinduismToday.com
> www.Gurudeva.org
> www.Hindu.org
> On Dec 26, 2003, at 7:55 PM, Jan Schenkel wrote:
>
>> --- Sannyasin Sivakatirswami <katir at hindu.org> 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
>>> "https://payflowlink.verisign.com/payflowlink.cfm?
>>> [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.
>>
>> =====
>> "As we grow older, we grow both wiser and more foolish at the same 
>> time."  (La Rochefoucauld)
>>
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