WDB Installation Guide
To install WDB is quite easy - but you need a few other products like
sybperl and a HTTP server (Installing these are actually the hard part).
If you already have some of these products, simply skip the appropriate
Now just follow these steps and you will be up and running in no time ....
That's it ! Now send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell me that you
have installed it. - Then I'll add you to a mailing list and inform you
when there are new releases etc.
- Install sybperl ( If you haven't got it already ).
Sybperl is a set of user-defined subroutines letting you access a
Sybase data server using Perl.
Now make sure sybperl works ! The sybperl distribution
has a subdirectory called './eg' with some examples - try to make
them work first ! (This might save you some headache later ...)
Download perl (version 4.036) and compile it. The binary is
not enough, you need the object file called uperl.o to link sybperl,
so you have to get the source and compile perl your self.
sybperl and install it. (Just follow the instructions in the
README file). Make sure it is a version that works with Perl4
- Install a HTTP server ( If you haven't got it already ). WDB was
developed and tested on
NCSA's HTTP server. But it should work on
other HTTP servers supporting
Make sure it works ! Try to create a few Web pages and see that
you can retrieve them with your Web client. Also make sure that
your HTTP server is configured properly to run CGI scripts.
Normally you have to tell the server that a special directory
contains scripts, so the files there will be executed rather than
retrieved as text files !
- Download the
WDB distribution, and un-tar it. This will give you a set of
sub-directories that needs to be installed by moving them to the
- Move the files in this directory to you HTTP servers CGI-bin
- This directory currently only contains the
mkfdf script. You need to modify the
first line of the script to point to your sybperl executable.
Move the mkfdf file in here to a directory in your PATH - or
modify your PATH to point to this directory.
- This directory contains configuration files for WDB - only the
user-id of the HTTP server process needs read access to these.
( - and your database password will be in one of these files,
so make sure you protect them adequately ! )
I suggest to move them to ~http/wdb/ (if http is the user running
the HTTP server).
- Move these files to a directory in your WWW tree. (For example
/wdb/ in the document root directory.)
- - man pages. You can install them with your other man pages if
- This directory contains cgi-lib.pl. This is a copy
of Steven E. Brenner's Perl Routines to Manipulate CGI input,
if you haven't got it already please install it in you perl
- Create a directory to keep the FDF files. This directory does not have
to be in the WWW tree, but it should be readable by the HTTP
- The first line of the wdb script look like this
Change this to point to your sybperl interpreter that you
installed earlier, and make sure that wdb is executable
chmod +x wdb)
- Now update the configuration file.
- If you have any problems check the WDB FAQ first - Then ask me.
You are now ready to create some FDF files ....
Send comments to
email@example.com (Bo F.R.)
......... Last update 2-Jan-1995