If you will be running your CGI program on a UNIX system, you should include the "-b" runtime option to prevent the runtime from attempting terminal initialization. If you do not, the runtime will attempt to open the file "/etc/a_termcap" (or the file named in the A_TERMCAP environment variable). It will then try to match the value of either the A_TERM or TERM environment variables, if set, to an entry in the "a_termcap" file. If any of these files or variables is not set up properly, the runtime will terminate with an error. By using the "-b" option, this entire process is bypassed. In addition, using the "-b" option prevents extraneous characters from being displayed in the HTML output.
This option has no effect on Windows platforms.