import arcpy fails with cgi script

Discussion created by jgustine on Aug 19, 2013
Latest reply on Dec 4, 2013 by johnjreiser

I'm looking to get this simple map export to run via an url and am running into issues when importing arcpy. It runs fine locally, but gives a 502-webserver recieved and invalid response while acting as a gateway or proxy server when run from another computer.

import cgitb, sys, string, os, arcpy, cgi

print "Content-Type: text/plain;charset=utf-8"
#print ""
form = cgi.FieldStorage()
arg = form.getvalue('agn')

#tMapDir = tMapDir
tMapDir = r"C:\inetpub\wwwroot\cgi-bin\Map.pdf"

arcpy.env.overwriteOutput = True

# Get Parameters
agn = arg

# Set Map
mapDoc = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument(r"C:\inetpub\wwwroot\cgi-bin\ContractReport.mxd")
df = arcpy.mapping.ListDataFrames(mapDoc)[0]
lyr = arcpy.mapping.ListLayers(mapDoc, r"ROWs, CAs & Surface Leases", df)[0]

dq = "(INVOICENUMBER = '" + agn + "'" + ")"
lyr.definitionQuery = dq
df.extent = lyr.getExtent()

for elm in arcpy.mapping.ListLayoutElements(mapDoc, "TEXT_ELEMENT"):
    if elm.name == "INVOICENUMBER":
        elm.text = agn

arcpy.mapping.ExportToPDF(mapDoc, tMapDir, resolution="300", image_quality="NORMAL", layers_attributes="NONE", georef_info=False, jpeg_compression_quality="80")

#Set output file

URL = "http://localhost/cgi-bin/Map.pdf"

print "Content-type:text/html\r\n\r\n"
print '<html> '
print '<head> '
print '<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0;url='
print URL
print '" /> '
print '<title>Request Submitted, Redirecting...</title> '
print '</head> '
print '<body> '
print 'Loading map...'
print URL
print '</body> '
print '</html>'

lyr.definitionQuery = ""

del mapDoc


The problem is definetly with the import arcpy as I can run a simple helloworld.py with standard py library imports (os, sys, cgi, string, stc) and it is accessbile from other machines.

I have a simple default site set up on my computer using IIS 7.

Any thoughts on getting arcpy to import for cgi scripts from other computers? I know importing arcpy checks out a license and does wires up arcobjects. Is accesssing the module from a URL even possible?