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9.3 Extra Path Information

In addition to passing query strings, you can pass additional data, known as extra path information , as part of the URL. The server gauges where the CGI program name ends; anything following is deemed "extra" and is stored in the environment variable PATH_INFO. The following line calls a script with extra path information:

In this example, we use a script with a .pl suffix to make it clear where the CGI program's path ends and the extra path information begins. Everything after display.pl is the extra path and is placed in the PATH_INFO environment variable. The PATH_TRANSLATED variable is also set, mapping the PATH_INFO to the DOCUMENT_ROOT directory (e.g., /usr/local/etc/httpd/public/cgi/cgi_doc.txt ).