Perl in IIS4 and PWS

This is a small note on how to check if Windows 98 or NT are set to run Perl as a script language in the Microsoft Internet Information Server or Personal Web server.

A "good behaved" Perl installation should have setup all you need to run Perl as a script language in IIS and PWS. In order to check if this happened you will need to open the Windows NT or 98 register, using the command regedit at the DOS prompt. A graphical window will open as shown in this first image.

You are interested in the hive starting with HKey_Local_Machine. Navigate to ScriptMap as show in the image below:

If you see what the image above shows: under name .pl and under data c:\perl\bin\perl.exe %s %s then you are OK. The path to apache.exe file may be a little different from the example, but check that it is the path to your apache.exe file.

If you do not see this line, then click on Edit and Add Value to enter .pl and in the String Editor enter the path to the perl.exe file. In Windows NT use regedt32.exe instead of regedit. Close the registry and exit.

Running Perl scripts in IIS

If you accepted the defaults when installing IIS and PWS you have a directory c:\InetPub\scripts. This is where you should place your perl scripts. You access them using http://servername/scripts/   For example in the server localhost would be accessed using http://localhost/scripts/

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