Installing Survey Says -

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Jeff,
Thanks for the above help.
However I still can't get anything working. So far I have uploaded both files into my CGI directory, changed them to .cgi.
Telnet gives my full path as /home/what-ne/.

Now what? (god I'm useless!)
JP

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Hi Jeff,
I am, as you know, very useless with Perl/CGI and have had the Poll program Survey Says for a long time havibg been unable to install it.
I have decided to try again because I have to replace a Java app which is to big.
Could you guide me through the first steps?
Cheers.

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I am looking to replace the survey which I am currently using on my site. Is Survey Says the best script out there ? If so, is it freeware, and where do I get it ?

Sorry I can't help you install it, but i've never used it. Yet

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Craig,
Nice to have you back among us!

It is Freeware.
Hompage @ http://www.cgiscripts.net
Demo @ @ http://scripts.riffnet.com/scripts/surveysays/demo.shtml
I doubt it is the best out there, considering it is free, but I love the way t looks.
JP

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Sorry for being away for a bit, but I have got so little spare time at the moment -- so much going on

Anyway, now i've seen the survey script, I seem to remember playing around with it previously, and deciding that it wasn't for me. It seemed to slow the page down to a crawl using the SSI method

Maybe time I took another look at it though ?

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Craig,
Hope things are allright with you?

The pages I saw it on seemed to run fine, maybe you had it setup wrong?
JP

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JP,

I downloaded the code and played with the sample -- a nice script for surveys. This should help:

How to Configure Survey Says (from Survey Says Readme)

There are two separate script files included in this package, poll.pl
and surveysays.pl. The poll.pl file contains all the configuration
variables, while surveysays.pl contains the code that does the
actual "work" of the script. The poll.pl file calls the surveysays.pl
file.

To have multiple polls, you need only copy poll.pl for each one, and
set the variables accordingly. For instance, you might have

poll.pl
poll2.pl
poll3.pl

The names aren't particularly important. Each poll can point to the
same copy of surveysays.pl, so only one copy of surveysays.pl is
required.

Each variable is well-commented in poll.pl -- you can use the comments
as guidelines helping you to set them correctly. A few further notes:

a) Use full paths for all files and directories. A full path would
look similar to:

/usr/home/you/data.txt

In UNIX, you can use the command "pwd" to get the full path of
your current working directory. If you don't have telnet
access or host on NT, try asking your sys admin if you are unsure
of the full path.

b) The following UNIX permissions are needed for the various parts

chmod 755 poll.pl
chmod 755 surveysays.pl

In order for the script to create its data file on the first
run, the directory where it should be placed (specified by you
in poll.pl) should be "chmod 777". If you choose to create the
file yourself (with "touch FILENAMEHERE" in UNIX), then you
should "chmod 777" the file itself.

If you are using NT, make sure that the poll.pl and surveysays.pl
scripts are executable by the server, and that the data file
can be written to by the web server.

c) The extensions of the two files might need to be changed to
.cgi, as in poll.cgi and surveysays.cgi. poll.pl can actual
be called anything you like, maybe coolscript.pl, perhaps?

How to embed a poll on your page

The usage of this script requires "Server Side Includes" (SSI). In a
nutshell, this is a type of document that the server looks through
before sending to the web browser. Any special SSI tags are
processed and replaced with their output.

In order to add a poll to your page, you must add the following tag
to your document:

<!--#exec cgi="/cgi-bin/poll.pl" -->

If the script is set up properly, the poll should appear in place of
this tag when the page is called via a web browser. Note that your
tag might be slightly different, depending on the name of your poll.pl
file and it's location in your web tree.

On most servers, a file must have a .shtml extension (index.shtml, for
example) in order to use SSI. If that doesn't seem to work, check
with your sys admin to ensure you can use SSI, and to find out how to
do so.

If, when viewing the page through a browser, the poll doesn't appear,
try checking the source code ("View Source" under the View menu in
Netscape). If the SSI tag is in the source code, then the server did
not treat the page as an SSI document. If it does not appear, then
the server tried but was unable to execute the script. Check your
variables again, and double-check all the permissions.

If you are using an ISP, they will actually do much of what is mentioned above.

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Guys,
I s-t-i-l-l can't get this cript up, please could someone spare me some time and guide me through it, I will happily give away some banner impressions on the site
JP

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JP,

I have set up SurveySays. It was a while ago though. I know that I had quite a few problems. However, I do remember that I got some help from a messageboard. I will try to remember what the address of it was. Try telling me what the problems have been so far. The address of the site that I have it installed on is: http://planetcgi.hypermart.net

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OOOOOPPPPS,

Sorry JP,

I don't have SurveySays running on that site. I have Pollit. Pollit was easy to setup. I could't figure out SurveySays either.

GOOD LUCK

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Kyle O
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Kyle,
I had a look at the site and PollIt looks very adequate, how about help in installing this script instead?
Cheers.
JP

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Let me go take a look at my poll and remember how I installed it. After that I will be in contact with you.

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Kyle O
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After a very confusing hour with my FTP program I thought I had got the PollIt program working, only to be stopped at the last hurddle. The Login page:
[url]http://www.what-next.com/cgi-local/Poll_It_v2.0.cgi?load=login[url]
Where for some reason I can not get through?
I even looked on the files on my server but though I found where I thought it would be could make no further headway.
Any ideas, as I have already gone very far with a CGI script by my standards.
Thanks all.

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[This message has been edited by JP Stones (edited February 26, 1999).]

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Thanks Kyle,
Tell me when you found out what the problem might be...
JP

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Jp,

Congrats...!

Persistance always pays off...

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Kyle O
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Kyle,
Well at least it worked till I thought it needed some editing - so now I have to reinstall it again
Oh well...
JP

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Kyle,
Don't worry about it in fact, I just figured out the problem. Thanks for your help.
JP

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