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Haserl is a small program that uses shell or Lua script to create dynamic content with CGI scripts. It is intended for environments where PHP or ruby are too big. On nslu2, because of the limited RAM resource, CGI can sometimes outperform other solutions. The webif project for openwrt firmware uses haserl to build web interfaces for routers.

To use haserl, you also need a web server that supports CGI. Most web servers do. Below minihttpd is used as an example.

 # ipkg update
 # ipkg install haserl minihttpd

To test the dynamically generated web page, w3m text browser is used.

 # ipkg install w3m

Make sure minihttpd is started. By default it listens on port 8084, with /opt/share/www as web root.

 # /opt/etc/init.d/S80mini_httpd start
 # test -f /opt/share/www/index.html || echo index > /opt/share/www/index.html
 $ w3m -dump http://localhost:8084/

And /opt/share/www/cgi-bin is the directory to put your CGI scripts.

 # mkdir -p /opt/share/www/cgi-bin/

 # cat <<EOF > /opt/share/www/cgi-bin/test-haserl.cgi
 content-type: text/plain

 hello world from haserl!
 <% date %>
 <% env %>

 # chmod +x /opt/share/www/cgi-bin/test-haserl.cgi

 # w3m -dump http://localhost:8084/cgi-bin/test-haserl.cgi
 hello world from haserl!
 Thu Sep  6 19:59:56 PDT 2007


Both haserl without lua and with lua are built, testing a lua CGI script.

 # mkdir -p /opt/share/www/cgi-bin/

 # cat <<EOF > /opt/share/www/cgi-bin/test-haserl-lua.cgi
 #!/opt/bin/haserl-with-lua --shell=lua
 content-type: text/plain

 <% io.write("Hello World from Haserl and Lua on " .. os.date()) %>

 # chmod +x /opt/share/www/cgi-bin/test-haserl-lua.cgi

 $ w3m -dump http://localhost:8084/cgi-bin/test-haserl-lua.cgi
 Hello World from Haserl and Lua on Sun Mar 23 10:26:54 2008

edit by Rudolf Reuter, reuterr (at) web.de 2008-03-05:
Optware Haserl can also be used on SlugOS BE by installing with ipkg-opt.
I had to change the user "admin" in /opt/etc/mini_httpd.conf to a local existing user.
Be aware to give the cgi-bin script execute rights, otherwise you will get the error message:
Output of w3m:

 500 Internal Error

 Something unexpected went wrong running a CGI program.

 mini_httpd/1.19 19dec2003

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Based on work by BrianZhou and Rudolf Reuter.
Originally by BrianZhou.
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