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08-15-2002, 01:46 PM
Good morning all,

Hopefully someone out there can shed some light for me on this issue. I have written a fairly simple script to pass data from a completed form to a database. It is a Unix environment passing data to an Oracle database. Unfortunately, when I tried to test the script, I get the dreaded "Internal Server Error". Can anybody help?


use CGI ':standard';
print "Content-type:text/html \n\n";

$firstname = param('firstname');
$lastname = param('lastname');
$street1 = param('street1');
$street2 = param('street2');
$city = param('city');
$state = param('states');
$zip = param('zipcode');
$email = param('email');
if (! $email) {$email="None";}
$userid = param('userid');
$password = param('password');

use DBI;
my $dbhandle = DBI->connect('DBI:Oracle:host=matrix.csis.pace.edu;sid=ORA1',dbname','dbpassword')|| "Could not connect to database:
my $sql="SELECT USERID from customers where USERID = '$userid'";

my $sqlstmt=$dbhandle->prepare($sql);
@ret = $sqlstmt->fetchrow_array();
if ($ret[0] eq $userid)
print <<rm

<div align="center">

<h1><center><font face=size=30 color="yellow"><i> random text</i></font></center></h1>
<h3><center><font color="yellow">more random text</font></center></h3></div>

<CENTER> <B> The Userid <u>$userid</u> you have chosen is already in use.<br> Please select a different Userid </B> </CENTER>

my $sql = "INSERT INTO customers VALUES ('$userid','$firstname', '$lastname', '$street1', '$street2', '$city', '$state', '$zip', '$email', '$password')";

my $sqlstmt=$dbhandle->prepare($sql);

<title> Thank You!</title>

<script language="JavaScript">
function MM_preloadImages() { //v3.0
var d=document; if(d.images){ if(!d.MM_p) d.MM_p=new Array();
var i,j=d.MM_p.length,a=MM_preloadImages.arguments; for(i=0; i<a.length; i++)
if (a[i].indexOf("#")!=0){ d.MM_p[j]=new Image; d.MM_p[j++].src=a[i];}}

function MM_swapImgRestore() { //v3.0
var i,x,a=document.MM_sr; for(i=0;a&&i<a.length&&(x=a[i])&&x.oSrc;i++) x.src=x.oSrc;

function MM_findObj(n, d) { //v3.0
var p,i,x; if(!d) d=document; if((p=n.indexOf("?"))>0&&parent.frames.length) {
d=parent.frames[n.substring(p+1)].document; n=n.substring(0,p);}
if(!(x=d[n])&&d.all) x=d.all[n]; for (i=0;!x&&i<d.forms.length;i++) x=d.forms[i][n];
for(i=0;!x&&d.layers&&i<d.layers.length;i++) x=MM_findObj(n,d.layers[i].document); return x;

function MM_swapImage() { //v3.0
var i,j=0,x,a=MM_swapImage.arguments; document.MM_sr=new Array; for(i=0;i<(a.length-2);i+=3)
if ((x=MM_findObj(a[i]))!=null){document.MM_sr[j++]=x; if(!x.oSrc) x.oSrc=x.src; x.src=a[i+2];}

function SearchValid()
alert("Please enter a value");
return false;
return true;

<body bgcolor="#669999" onLoad="MM_preloadImages('about_us_over.GIF','register_over.GIF','contact_us_over.GIF','shop_over.GIF','chec kout_over.GIF')" text="#FFFF00">

<table border="0" width="600">
<img border="0" src="../ProjectImages/our_name_banner.GIF" alt="co. name" align="left" width="500" height="100">
<td width="50">
<img src="../ProjectImages/cart.gif" alt="cart">
<td width="50">
<a href="index.html">
<img src="../ProjectImages/home.gif" alt="home" border="0">

<table border="0" width="600">
<td width="41">
<p align="center"><a href="aboutus.html" onMouseOut="MM_swapImgRestore()" onMouseOver="MM_swapImage('aboutus','','../ProjectImages/about_us_over.GIF',1)"><img src="../ProjectImages/about_us.GIF" width="144" height="45" name="aboutus" border="0" alt="About Us"></a></p></td>
<td width="121">
<p align="center"><a href="register.html" onMouseOut="MM_swapImgRestore()" onMouseOver="MM_swapImage('register','','../ProjectImages/register_over.GIF',1)"><img src="../ProjectImages/register.GIF" width="144" height="45" name="register" border="0" alt="Register"></a></p></td>
<td width="142">
<p align="center"><a href="mailto:whocares@yahoo.com" onMouseOut="MM_swapImgRestore()" onMouseOver="MM_swapImage('contact_us','','../ProjectImages/contact_us_over.GIF',1)"><img src="../ProjectImages/contact_us.GIF" width="145" height="45" name="contact_us" border="0" alt="Contact Us"></a></p></td>
<td width="148">
<p align="center"><a href="checkout.html" onMouseOut="MM_swapImgRestore()" onMouseOver="MM_swapImage('checkout','','../ProjectImages/checkout_over.GIF',1)"><img src="../ProjectImages/checkout.GIF" width="144" height="45" name="checkout" border="0" alt="Checkout"></a></p></td>

<td align="right">

<form method="search" name="searchbar" action="post">
<p align="right"><input type="text" name="searchstring" size="25"><br>
<select size="1" name="searchby">
<option selected>select a type..</option>
</select><input type="button" value="Search" name="Search" onClick="return SearchValid()"></p>


<head><title>Thank You For Registering</title></head>

<div align=center>
<h3>Thank you <b>$firstname</b> for registering with us.<br>
The following information has been registered:<br><br>
First Name: <b>$firstname</b><br>
Last Name: <b>$lastname</b><br>
USERID: <b>$userid</b><br>
Address: <b>$street1</b><br> <b>$street2</b><br>
City: <b>$city</b><br>
State: <b>$state</b><br>
ZIP: <b>$zip</b><br>
EMAIL: <b>$email</b><br>



08-15-2002, 01:53 PM
If you have access to the logfiles, have a look in the error logfile and find the problem. Or, if you don't have access to these logfiles, use
use CGI::Carp "fatalsToBrowser";
This will show the exact error in the browser, when the page is visited.

Hope this helps (a little)

Mzzl, Chris

08-30-2002, 09:47 PM
If you have linux hosting - you will have to upload your script as TEXT (ASCII mode) and set permissions like 700 or 770 (execution) by calling "chmod 700 your script name"

Hope this will help you.

08-31-2002, 02:41 PM
There's a problem with this line here:

my $dbhandle = DBI->connect('DBI:Oracle:host=matrix.csis.pace.edu;sid=ORA1',dbname','dbpassword') ||
"Could not connect to database: ".DBI->errstr;

As you can see you're missing one single quote just before dbname. Also, I'm not sure it's a great idea to assign a string to $dbhandle if the connect fails... you probably meant something like:

my $dbhandle = DBI->connect('DBI:Oracle:host=matrix.csis.pace.edu;sid=ORA1','dbname','dbpassword') ||
die "Could not connect to database: ".DBI->errstr;

Apart from that though I can't really see anything immediately..

09-03-2002, 01:47 PM
Thanks everybody for your thoughts/input....

Inci, I had already thought of that and set chmod to755 :)

Goat, thank you for taking the time to carefully read the script and notice the single quote that I missed. I have not had the opportunity to test it again, but I'm sure that catch will make a great difference in how it runs.

Thanks again!