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Re: LWP::Simple and redirects

by arhuman (Vicar)
on Feb 26, 2002 at 08:05 UTC ( #147504=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to LWP::Simple and redirects

Are you GETting the page or POSTing.
If you use POST your problem may come from strict RFC compliance.
From memory :

  • RFC : If you get a 30x on a POST you shouldn't follow the redirection
  • BUT some (most) browsers follow the redirection in such case but GET the redirected page...
Try to play with redirect_ok() ...

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•Re: Re: LWP::Simple and redirects
by merlyn (Sage) on Feb 26, 2002 at 08:47 UTC
Re: LWP::Simple and redirects
by gregorovius (Friar) on Feb 26, 2002 at 16:33 UTC
    Yes. I have written a subclass of LWP::UserAgent that replicates Netscape's behavior (ie. it will follow POST redirects but it will turn them into GETs before doing so). A lot of web applications rely on this non-standard behavior in browsers, making it a de-facto standard, so I think it would be a good idea to integrate such a class to LWP. I have just posted the code for it here

    By the way, overriding redirect_ok() to make UserAgent follow POST redirects is not enough, because redirects won't be converted into GETs, as browsers do. More on the subject at Redirect after POST behavior in LWP::UserAgent differs from Netscape's.

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