The Guerilla Hack Chronicles: Dancer as an Ad-Hoc Web Server

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Let’s say you want to serve static http content from a machine. The sensible thing to do would be to install Apache/Nginx/Lighttp.

But let’s say — because of insane configuration, red tape, cruel whims of the gods — that you can’t do the sensible thing.

Fortunately, there’s a few aces you can pull from out of your sleeve.

One of them is to use Dancer as a spur-of-the-moment barebone web server:

$ dancer -a proxy
$ cd proxy
$ rm -fr public/ && ln -s /path/to/share public
$ ./bin/ -p 8086

With that, we now have a single-threaded web server listening on port 8086 serving the files of /path/to/share.

If you need it to be more beefy, as in act like a real web server and deal with concurent requests, just plack it up:

$ plackup bin/ -p 8086
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