Software Garden Servertest Program:
Executable Version for Microsoft Windows
This page tells you how to install and run the Servertest Executable Version for Microsoft Windows.

Servertest is written in the Perl computer language. In order to run, it requires a copy of the Perl language system which is not normally installed on computers running Microsoft Windows. To make it easier for users of those machines, there is a version of the product that is bundled together in a single file with a Perl system that can be executed by just running it as a normal program (e.g., double-clicking on it). It will come up running in an MSDOS window and prompt for input. It does not install anything on your system other than put copies of the source code and Perl DLL into your temporary files directory when run.

Here is a screen shot of the program running:

MSDOS window with text

In addition to running interactively, with prompts for input, you can run it with command line options and configuration files.

The system requirements are: Windows 98 and above, Internet connection, 2.5MB disk space (1.1MB for the executable, another 1MB or so for the temporary extracted files).


Follow these instructions to install and run this version:

  • Read the License Agreement to make sure that you understand the restrictions and rights. Non-commercial use is free but there is a fee for commercial use and distribution. Definitions of "Commercial Use" and instructions for payment can be found there.

    If you do not agree to the license, do not download or use the program. You may not use or copy the program except under terms of the license. Payment for Commercial Use can be made through the Payment Page.

  • Download the Executable Version for Microsoft Windows by clicking this link and save it on your disk:

    servertest.exe file, version 1.0, 1.2MB

You can run the program in one of two ways:

  • By simple execution. Just double-click on the program in Windows Explorer where you saved it or on a shortcut you make to it. The program will open up an MSDOS window and start asking for input. Respond to its requests, ending each by pressing Enter.

  • By command line execution. There are a variety of ways to execute the program from the command line. You can use a shortcut that includes command line options in the Target property after the filename of the program. (The filename will be in quotes, type the options after the quotes.) You can use the Start Run... command to type in the filename of the program followed by the options. You can use the Accessories / Command Prompt program that brings up an MSDOS window.

    For the first two, with MSDOS windows that close when the program terminates, you may want to use the "--pause=yes" option to keep the program from exiting before you look at the final output.

To uninstall the program:

  • Delete the file you downloaded and any shortcuts you made to it.

  • If you want to remove all traces of it immediately, and have run it at least once, look in your TEMP directory (probably in the user's Local Settings\Temp directory) for files starting with "pdk-". That is where the Perl DLL and source files are extracted to when you run the program. They are normally deleted when execution ends.

Documentation for using this version of Servertest is available online on the How To Use The Executable Version for Microsoft Windows page. Many users should find the program self-explanatory as it prompts for input.

For technically oriented users, Unix-style documentation is available both online and in POD format in the Perl source code (not included in this download). That documentation is mainly aimed at users who invoke the product through the command line.

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