This server is designed for TESTING and debugging of cgi scripts. This is not a production level server. As a testing machine it is expected that it will on occasion crash, hang and reboot due to programming mistakes in the scripts running on the server. We will try to keep the server running as often as possible, but you should expect there to be service outages.

To test a script that is invoked from a Web page in your Personal Web space use a URL for the script similiar to http://test.scripts.psu.edu/users/e/x/example/somefile.cgi.

For Departmental space use http://test.scripts.psu.edu/dept/deptname/somefile.cgi and so on. The script name must end with either the extension .cgi or .pl. As a further clarificationon usage, you can still reference an html file via www.personal.psu.edu that invokes a form where the action tag refers to http://test.scripts.psu.edu/. Note however, that for server side includes you must reference the html file from test.scripts.psu.edu as the "exec cgi=" can only reference files on the local Web server and not reference a different Web server.

Once your script is debugged and you would like for it to be installed on the appropriate production level machine, send mail to webmaster@psu.edu with the name and location of the script and request that it be installed on production machine. Someone will still need to examine the script before installing it. This process may take 2-3 weeks.

For a step-by-step example of how to install a script go to Procedure for installing a script. For further information about scripts please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at http://www.personal.psu.edu/faq/.

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