Developer James Sentman has a new beta version of acgi dispatcher for Mac OS X available.
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acgi dispatcher runs as a background process on Mac OS X so it doesn’t clutter your screen with windows and dock icons unless you wish to see them. It also has the capability to run and serve pages while your system is logged out. Installation is drag and drop and there is no manual editing of Unix config files.
In addition to supporting the traditional acgi AppleScript system, acgi dispatcher adds some new information to the parameters to simplify and speed up your scripts, Sentman said. Instead of only sending the raw encoded form data, acgi dispatcher will URL decode and spilt form data into AppleScript lists for you.
The new beta improves the Apache configuration options allowing you to associate any number of suffixes with the program instead of just “.acgi,” Sentman said. It also adds support for “Launch at suffix” programs that work as pre-processors. The new beta fully supports the “send partial” event for working with multi-threaded programs. Finally, it adds several cgi utilities to make porting classic scripts easier: url encode/decode, pack/unpack cgi and base64 encode/decode. The OSAX that offered these functions is not yet available for Mac OS X.
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