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       cgiparse - CGI parameter parsing utility


       cgiparse [mode] [-enc {none | url | mime | dacs}] [-in filename] [-checkdup] [-d]
                [-nodups] [-nonewline] [-qs query-string] [-copy filename]
                [[-n name filename]...]


       This program is part of the DACS suite. It is a stand-alone program that neither accepts
       the usual DACS command line options (dacsoptions) nor accesses any DACS configuration

       This utility is used by web-based scripts (shell scripts in particular) to obtain their
       CGI parameters, which can be obtained from a URI's query component or in an encoded
       entity-body read from the standard input (as with the POST method). The form content
       types[1] application/x-www-form-urlencoded and multipart/form-data are both understood.

       The program has several different modes of operation, one of which may be specified by the
       first command line argument.

       cgiparse combines query parameters found in the QUERY_STRING environment variable with
       parameters found in the message body it reads from the standard input.  RFC 3875[2] states
       (S4.1.7) that the query string value is case-sensitive.

       Duplicate parameter names are allowed by default; see -nodups and -duperror, which
       override duplicate handling described below.


       The mode may be exactly one of the following:

       -arg variable-name
           Emit the value of the CGI parameter variable-name, then exit. If there is no such
           parameter, the exit status will be 1 instead of 0. If more than one instance of
           variable-name is present, only one will be considered.

           Check if any parameter name occurs more than once, then terminate. If a duplicate is
           found, the exit status will be 1, otherwise 0.

       -targ variable-name
           Test if the CGI parameter variable-name exists. If there is no such parameter, the
           exit status will be 1, otherwise it will be 0.

           Emit an HTML document that lists the CGI parameter names and their values. All
           instances of duplicate parameter names are output.

           Emit a listing of the CGI parameter values (without the names). All parameter values
           are output, including those associated with duplicate parameter names.

           Emit CGI parameters as a single line in the format:

               variable-name='variable-value'; [...]

           It is an error if any variable-name or variable-value is syntactically unsuitable for
           this format. The returned string can be used as the argument to eval to set the CGI
           parameters as shell variables. All parameters are output, including duplicates, in
           which case a variable will be assigned the value from the parameter instance that
           happens to appear last in the list.

           Like -html except emit text. This is the default. In this mode, the program's stdout
           is usually written to a file. Each line of the file has the format:

               variable-name variable-value

           A space separates the name from the corresponding value. The file is typically read by
           a script to obtain the parameters, or cgiparse can be run with the -in flag to
           retrieve a parameter. All instances of duplicate parameter names are output.

           Print version information to stderr and exit.

       Additionally, cgiparse recognizes these options and modifiers:

           If writing the parsed CGI parameters (-text), encode the parameter value using the
           specified method:

               Selects URL encoding.

               Selects MIME base-64 encoding.

               Selects DACS base-64 encoding.

               Indicates that no encoding is performed (use this only when you are sure this
               cannot cause a problem).

           For details about these encodings, please see dacs.exprs(5)[3]. The default is none.
           If reading the parsed CGI parameters (-in), decode the parameter values using the
           specified method. The default is none, which means that no decoding is performed; if
           the parameters were encoded, they will be returned in that encoding, but other than
           this case the decoding method must match the encoding method previously used or an
           error is likely to occur.

       -qs query-string
           Instead of using the environment variable QUERY_STRING to get a query component, use

           With -arg, do not emit a newline after printing a parameter value.

           If a duplicate parameter name is read, all but one (arbitrary) instance will be

           If a duplicate parameter name is read, processing terminates immediately.

           Enable debugging output.

       -copy filename
           Append the input stream to filename. This can be useful for debugging purposes.

       -in filename
           Instead of parsing CGI parameters, read variable name/value pairs (in the format
           produced by the -text flag) from filename. If filename is "-", stdin is read.

       -n name filename
           If parsing succeeds, and there is a MIME body part with a name exactly matching name,

           ·   if the content disposition is multipart/form-data, write the content as
               quoted-printable text to filename;

           ·   if the content disposition is base64, write the decoded content to filename;

           ·   otherwise the content is written verbatim to filename.

           If the output file exists it is truncated.


       The following shell script demonstrates one way of using cgiparse.

           #! /bin/sh


           cgiparse > ${tmpfile}
           chmod 0600 ${tmpfile}

           echo "Context-Type: text/plain"
           echo ""

           while [ "${done}x" = x ]
             read a b
             if [ $? = 1 ]
               echo "Arg: ${a}"
               echo "Is: ${b}"
           done < ${tmpfile}

           rm -f ${tmpfile}
           exit 0

       The following code fragment uses cgiparse to save and then look up its CGI parameters:

           #! /bin/sh

           trap 'rm -f ${tmpfile}; exit 1' EXIT 1 2 3 13 15

           cgiparse -enc mime > ${tmpfile}
           chmod 0600 ${tmpfile}

           mode=`cgiparse -in ${tmpfile} -enc mime -arg MODE`
           target=`cgiparse -in ${tmpfile} -enc mime -arg TARGET`

       The following script will print "1 2 3" to its standard output:

           #! /bin/sh

           args=`cgiparse -sh -qs "a=1&b=2&c=3"`
           eval "$args"
           echo "$a $b $c"


       The program exits 0 if everything was fine, 1 if an error occurred.


       There do not appear to be any official recommendations concerning how to handle apparently
       "malformed" CGI query strings that do not look like a sequence of name=value pairs. The
       parsing routines that cgiparse uses will flag an error if they see strings containing a
       component like "=foo", for example, although "foo=" is fine.

       The manner in which duplicate CGI parameters is handled is not standardized and
       context-specific.  cgiparse could do a little better in this respect.


       RFC 3875[2], RFC 3986[4], The WWW Common Gateway Interface, Version 1.2[5], HTML 4.01
       Specification[6], dacs_prenv(8)[7]


       Distributed Systems Software ([8])


       Copyright © 2003-2014 Distributed Systems Software. See the LICENSE[9] file that
       accompanies the distribution for licensing information.


        1. form content types

        2. RFC 3875

        3. dacs.exprs(5)

        4. RFC 3986

        5. The WWW Common Gateway Interface, Version 1.2

        6. HTML 4.01 Specification

        7. dacs_prenv(8)


        9. LICENSE