is a CGI form processing program which provides
a trivial way for HTML authors to use CGI forms input to point
to URL's without doing any programming.
This avoids the need to write a different program for each
form (or group of forms), while still being flexible enough
to point to URL's containing different access methods, nodes,
and object types.
Here's a trivial example - a SELECT to choose a URL
from a list.
(Of course, the menu labels can be meaningful text instead
of the URL's.)
For more examples, see:
For more complete documentation, refer to AnyURL.txt.
You can fetch AnyURL via ftp
(This link will download AnyURL).
The current (Sep 30 1996) version of AnyURL is 1.5,
- Better handling of bad web execution context
- Easily-provided binaries are now available in 'bin' sub-directory
- OSF/1 V3.0 on Digital Equipment Corporation Alpha
- Solaris (SunOS 5.5) on sun4d (SPARCserver-1000)
Version 1.4 added:
- Version number reporting in AnyURL error output
- -DNOCONTENT compile-time flag to suppress the Content-type
Version 1.3 added:
- Support for METHOD=GET forms
- as a work-around for a bug in the AOL, Spry, and possibly
other browsers of the time
- A debug=show option (less output than debug=on)
- Inclusion of the documentation URL in error output (for
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/tao-bin/AnyURL will point you
to the documentation)
Note: To extract the files from the tar archive,
which will create and populate a sub-directory
Then you can compile and test AnyURL for your system:
The AnyURL executable must then be copied to a web
script directory (such as /cgi-bin/). Remember to 'chmod a+x
AnyURL' in the web script directory.
Note: For SunOS (4.1.3), you should use the ANSI C
To try out AnyURL, you can point to it on our web
server, but if any of your "live" web pages use it, you should
probably download it onto your system (so that accesses from
your pages don't hit our web server: faster for you, less
unecessary web serving for us).
If you do use AnyURL, we'd like to hear about it.
Please send mail to