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From: Martin Jambon <martin.jambon@e...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] web server interface for Ocaml ( like rack, wsgi, ...)?
Richard Jones wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 09:50:36AM +0200, ben kuin wrote:
>>> what's wrong with simply proxying the HTTP connections through your favorite webserver to the backend ocsigen/ocamlnet server?
>> Nothing per se. I've tried so set something up with ocsigen, but I had
>> to give up. There seems to be a certain philosophy behind it how you
>> should writing web apps.
>>
>> But I just wanted to do something:
>> -  small ( one page app )
>> -  quick and dirty ( no big setup upfront, no compilation)
>> -  deployment, by dropping a (ocaml script) into a webroot, not matter
>> what webserver is running
>> - permissive license ( mit, ...)
> 
>>  ~~~~ from wikipedia ~~~~
>> require 'rack'
>> app = Rack::Builder.app do
>>   lambda do |env|
>>     body = "Hello, World!"
>>     [200, {"Content-Type" => "text/plain", "Content-Length" =>
>> body.length.to_s}, [body]]
>>   end
>> end
> 
> This ought to work, and it's pretty simple ...
> 
> -----
> #!/usr/bin/ocamlrun ocaml
> print_string "\
> Content-Type: text/plain
> 
> Hello, World!"
> -----
> 
> 'course the problem is you'll be wanting to parse parameters, cookies
> and the rest of it, and there it does get a little bit more
> complicated.
> 
> I'm fairly sure ocamlnet can write standalone scripts like that?  Gerd??

I am pretty sure this is possible to do with Ocamlnet (netcgi2) although I
haven't done it in a while.

My recommendation would be to use ocamlscript, which relies on ocamlfind to
load libraries and compiles the executables only when needed, based on timestamps.

http://martin.jambon.free.fr/ocamlscript.html

You can try this:

#! /usr/bin/env ocamlscript
Ocaml.packs := [ "netcgi2" ]
--

let handle_request (cgi : Netcgi.cgi) =
  cgi # set_header ~content_type:"text/plain" ();
  cgi # output # output_string "Hello!\n";
  cgi # output # commit_work ()

let () =
  if Netcgi_cgi.is_cgi () then
    Netcgi_cgi.run handle_request
  else
    Netcgi_test.run handle_request


I don't know if it works when called from apache.  There might be permission
issues.  In general I think it's a bad idea to let the webserver do the
precious program analysis (compilation) in a live installation, but it's free
to try.  Ocamlscript also has an option to just compile the script and takes
care of cleaning up the compilation by-products.


Martin

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