Web server on the phone?

john jptmoore at gmail.com
Wed Jul 16 10:42:09 CEST 2008

Yeh, using a web server + CGI is quite a nice way of avoiding native
GUI development on a phone. You could install lighttpd which supports
CGI and then have a choice of language for the CGI program themselves.


2008/7/16 Dirk Bergstrom <openmoko at otisbean.com>:
> Basically all of my experience writing UIs is on the web.  I'd like to
> run a webserver on the phone, so I can write dirt-simple UIs that way,
> rather than getting tied up in GTK/e/Qt.
> I see that there's a busybox server:
> http://buildhost.openmoko.org/daily-feed/armv4t/busybox-httpd_1.11.0-r2_armv4t.ipk
> One might also consider thttpd:
> http://www.acme.com/software/thttpd/
> Or shttpd:
> http://shttpd.sourceforge.net/
> I suspect any of them would be OK for serving static files.  However, I
> wonder if CGI would be feasible.  I'm guessing that spawning a shell
> script wouldn't be too hard, but I suspect that spinning up a whole
> python process might be a bit much for the little arm CPU.  Anyone have
> any thoughts on that?
> Since I'm quite familiar with Django (http://www.djangoproject.com), I
> thought I might just run the Django development server, which has a
> toy-ish httpd server built in.  That way I'd already have python
> running, so I'd avoid all the fork/exec/load-libraries overhead.
> Not really sure where I'm going with this, just throwing out ideas to
> see if anyone says yea or nay.
> --
> Dirk
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