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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about CGI Programming
Section - 2.2 What HTTP request headers can I use?

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Most HTTP request headers are passed to the CGI script as environment
variables.   Some are guaranteed by the CGI spec.   Others are server,
browser and/or application dependent.

To see what _your_ browser and server are telling each other, just use
a trivial little CGI script to print out the environment.   In Unix:
	#!/bin/sh
	echo "Content-type: text/plain"
	echo
	set

(Just call it "env.cgi" or something, and put it where your server
will execute it.   Then point your browser at
http://your.server/path/to/env.cgi ).

This enables you to see at-a-glance what useful server variables are set.
Note that dumping the environment like this within a more complex
script can be a useful debugging technique.

For details, see the CGI Environment Variables specification at
http://hoohoo.ncsa.uiuc.edu/cgi/env.html
(which also includes a version of the above script - somewhat more
nicely formatted - online).


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