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AW: Re: SWISH-E status on windows

From: Markus Strickler <markus(at)>
Date: Thu Mar 14 2002 - 10:14:36 GMT

First of all thanks for allt he answers.

I still don't get the swish.cgi to run.
It uses alarm() which is unsupported at least in ActivePerl 5.6.
Also it openes a pipe with open( $fh, '-|' ); which doesn't work on
Windows either...

I'm using the swish-e-2.1-dev-25-2002-02-25-win32.exe if that's of any

Concerning the "statbility" question.
I meant stable as in stable for a production environment.

Thanks again,


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Gesendet: Mittwoch, 13. März 2002 18:54
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Betreff: [SWISH-E] Re: SWISH-E status on windows

On Wed, 2002-03-13 at 12:42, Bill Moseley wrote:
> The swish.cgi script in the 2.1-dev dist runs on Windows last time I 
> checked.  It does not require any extra modules loaded from CPAN.

That's what I thought.

> I'm obligated to say that it may not be secure to run on Windows, 
> since the query is passed through the shell.  I don't know what that 
> means on Windows, but it seems risky.  And from the amount of CERT 
> notices I see I'm not sure how safe it is running IIS.

Excellent point.  I'm not sure anything is safe with IIS running in
kernel space...  Particularly anything that uses the shell.

So, I guess that would be "yes it works on Windows" and "running it on
IIS may allow someone to take over the world"

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