|LWP::Simple is just that. Simple. It will hang if it can open a socket to a server but the server then plays dead and does not respond. LWP::UserAgent is much more sophisticated with its timeouts and will return if it times out.......
This is quite wrong. LWP::Simple is just a wrapper on top of LWP::UserAgent so it behaves exactly same way as LWP::UserAgent concerning timeout handling. The only exception is that LWP::Simple always uses default timeout value (180 seconds) and with LWP::UserAgent timeout can be set.
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