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This is (most of) the web site contents. It mostly builds static HTML files that are preprocessed.


The web site is a on old custom made setup that mostly builds static HTML files from a set of source files using (GNU) make. The sources files are preprocessed with what is basically a souped-up C preprocessor called fcpp and a set of perl scripts. The man pages get converted to HTML with roffit.

Markdown is converted to HTML with pandoc.

Make sure the following tools are in your $PATH.

  • curl
  • GNU date
  • GNU enscript
  • fcpp
  • GNU make
  • pandoc
  • perl (with CPAN packages: CGI, HTML::Entities)
  • roffit
  • zip


Once you've cloned the Git repo the first time, invoke sh once to get a symlink and some some initial local files setup, and then you can build the web site locally by invoking make in the source root tree.

Note that this doesn't make you a complete web site mirror, as some scripts and files are only available on the real actual site, but should give you enough to let you load most HTML pages locally.

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To run a local copy of the curl website, have a local Apache or python to serve curl.local on Add this line to /etc/hosts: curl.local

Apache httpd config

A config file for apache2 to run a virtual server for curl.local on your local machine might look like this:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName curl.local
    ServerAdmin [my email address]
    DocumentRoot [full path to the curl-www build]

    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/curllocal-error.log
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/curllocal-access.log combined

<Directory [full path to the curl-www build]>
   Options Indexes Includes FollowSymLinks ExecCGI
   AllowOverride All
   AddHandler cgi-script .cgi
   Require all granted


From the directory containing the website, run:

python3 -m http.server --cgi -b curl.local 8000