A web site wouldn't be complete without some simple method of sending comments or requesting information. A small form and simple CGI can be designed to facilitate such a task.


To install the Comments CGI, do the following:

  1. Install the Comments Form
    You will need to download the Comments Form HTML source and store it somewhere in your ~/www/htdocs directory structure. This form can be customized for your server by simply changing the occurrences of the e-mail address (EMAIL@YOUR-DOMAIN.NAME) to the address that you would like to use in the form.

  2. Install the Comments CGI
    Connect to your Virtual Private Server via Telnet or SSH and issue this command:

    % vinstall comments

    This will install the comments.pl and util.pl files in your ~/www/cgi-bin/library/comments directory.

  3. Customize the Comments CGI
    Two subroutines in the util.pl file, print_header_info and print_footer_info, are used to print out header and footer information. Feel free to modify these functions such that the CGI outputs pages that are in synch with the motifs of the rest of your site.


You must add to the list of e-mail addresses that will receive e-mail from the Comments CGI to the @recipients_ok array. This will prevent the Comments CGI from sending unauthorized messages to a recipient other than the one intended.


Substitute the e-mail addresses for EMAIL@YOUR-DOMAIN.NAME above.


Once you have completed the installation successfully, you will have a comments form like the one shown below (simulated).

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Your Full Name:

Your E-mail address:

The Subject of Your Message:

Your comments, suggestions, and/or questions:

More Information

If you are unfamiliar with the <FORM...> HTML element, or would like to learn more about forms, the following URL is an excellent resource:

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