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Will this work with OSX Server?

Wayne Richmond



wayne.richmond@lmpc.edu.au


10/22/01@14:46

I have only just found out about this program as we are about to change our web server over to OSX. Does anyone know whether it will work?
Brian Johnson


brj@u.washington.edu

10/23/01@16:58
This is a good question, with a fairly complex answer. It's a multipart answer....
  • ConferWeb is an AppleScript. The AppleScript system exists natively under OS-X. So far, so good.
  • ConferWeb depends on certain OSAXen to operate. So far as I know, none of these is OS-X compatible yet, but scripts can be written so that the OSAXen run in Classic, probably at some performance cost. OK, still doable. That is, it'll run.
  • Communication is another issue. ConferWeb receives apple-events from the web server. As near as I have been able to determine (or have been told by folks who should know)...
    • The Apache implementation in OS-X (not Server) does NOT support the WebStar style AppleEvents needed. BUMMER.
    • WebStar V probably does (I haven't tested). Good.
    • The Apache implementation in OS-X SERVER supposedly DOES support this form of communication. SO IT SHOULD WORK!
So, while I haven't tested it, I believe you could install the OSAXen in Classic, run the CGI in Classic, and talk to it from OS-X SERVER's web server. I would _love_ to find out if this is really true. If you try it, please let me know!
Brian Johnson




03/19/02@08:44
You may also want to read my posting in the Support Forum for the latest information.
Kevin Boggs


kevin_boggs@notes.k12.hi.us

10/30/07@12:17
I'm attempting to use ConferWeb with OS X Server 10.4 (Tiger) but I get an error on posting. You mention that OS X Server can handle the CGIs. Is there something I need to configure on the server to get this to work?
Brian Johnson




10/30/07@12:39
It has been several years since I did this, but let's see ... OS X-Server includes something that was called "CGI enabler" or similar ... However, a quick Google search found this posting which expresses frustration at trying to find the (seemingly withdrawn) ACGI-Enabler from Apple, and frustration trying to get "acgi- dispatcher" (a 3rd party solution) to work on OS-X Server. Tellingly, the thread did not end with a posted solution other than "rewrite your CGIs in something else".

So. Perhaps it is not possible any more with all-Apple software, and might not work with acgi-dispatcher. However, I suspect it will work with my own "peacePipe" software, assuming that (at some level) OS-X Server still runs a pretty "vanilla" apache variation, and that you can edit httpd.conf, etc. This is not something I have tested or can easily test, but if you don't mind getting under the hood on your server, I might be able to walk you through the configuration process and you could test it.

Sorry, that's the best I can do

Kevin Boggs


kevin_boggs@notes.k12.hi.us

10/30/07@13:24
Wow, thanks for the super fast response! OK, I'm ready to see if we can get it to work. Thanks for helping me with this.




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