[texhax] TeX as CGI?

Stefan Björk stefan at raggmunk.nu
Fri Sep 10 09:02:17 CEST 2004

> I'm talking about a text input field or file upload that would run tex
> and/or latex server side and  provide a downloadable .pdf.  Is this
> even possible to implement?

It's possible, it's even quite simple. However, the security issues are 
a major problem, since anyone can upload a TeX program and execute it on 
the server. This means that the entire TeX installation should be 
installed using techniques like chroot, which obviosly makes the project 
much more complicated.

I don't know of any such service, and I'm unsure that anyone really 
dares to implement it, considering the security.


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