HOW TO: FP2000: How to Use Perl with Microsoft Personal Web Server on Windows 95/98

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The following article describes how to set up the Microsoft Personal Web Server to use the Windows version of Perl. This allows you to run Perl scripts on the Microsoft Personal Web Server.

This article also includes a sample Perl script that can be used to test the Perl engine on your computer.

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

Configure the Microsoft Personal Web Server to Use Perl

For security reasons, you do not want Perl.exe to exist in any directory that can be browsed from other computers.

With a script mapping in the registry, you can place the Perl.exe outside of the normal directory structure and avoid such security risks.
  1. On the Start menu, click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type Regedit and click OK.
  3. Open the following registry key:

        HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W3SVC \Parameters\ScriptMap
  4. On the Edit menu, point to New, and click String Value.
  5. Name the value .pl and press ENTER.
  6. Select .pl, and click Modify on the Edit menu.
  7. In the Value Data box, type <the full path to perl.exe>\perl.exe %s %s

    NOTE: The "%s %s" is case sensitive (for example, "%S %S" will not work).
  8. Close the Registry Editor, and restart your computer.
NOTE: Some versions of PERL automatically add this registry key when you install.

Create a Perl Script to Use for Testing

Create a file with Notepad, and type the following lines of code. Save the file as in a folder in your web. Make sure this folder is marked executable.

In Notepad, type the following:
   print "HTTP/1.0 200 OK\n";
   print "Content-Type: text/html\n\n";

   print "<HTML>\n";
   print "<HEAD>\n";
   print "<TITLE>Perl Test Page</TITLE>\n";
   print "</HEAD>\n";
   print "<BODY>\n";
   print "<H3>This is a test to see if Perl is Working</H3>\n";
   print "<P>\n";
   print "<H5>If you can see this, Perl is properly configured</H5>\n";
   print "</BODY>\n";
   print "</HTML>\n";

Test the Script

To test the script, browse to the Perl script in Internet Explorer.

For example, if you placed the file in a folder named cgi-bin in your root web, you would type the following in the Internet Explorer address bar:


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Article ID: 231998 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 2.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft FrontPage 2000 Standard Edition
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