A Shell Server for HTTP

The HTTP protocol is very simple. The following is an example of a server program written in sh: #! /bin/sh read get docid echo "<TITLE>$docid</TITLE>" echo Here is the data The docid may have a trailing carriage return to be stripped off on some systems. You can modify that script to produce the data you actually want. The HTML syntax for marked-up text is fairly simple, but if you want just to send plain text, then just send the <.PLAINTEXT>. tag first: #! /bin/sh read get docid echo "<PLAINTEXT>" cat $docid When you have written your script, set the execute bit and then configure the inet daemon to run it . A few more examples: If you know the perl language, then that is a powerful (if otherwise incomprehensible) language with which to hack together a server.

See also a case study of mapping a database onto the web .

All contributions to these examples welcome!


Tim BL