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### Re: Getting Cookies

by kennethk (Monsignor)
 on Jul 05, 2013 at 16:02 UTC ( #1042738=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

Your code above is correct, assuming that your cookie isn't timing out (i.e. isn't a session cookie). Under normal circumstances, session cookies are discarded immediately upon exit from your 'browser'. If you want to force holding onto the cookie, use ignore_discard in your constructor:

my \$cookie_jar = HTTP::Cookies->new(file => 'C:\path\to\cookies.dat',
autosave=> 1,
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#11929 First ask yourself How would I do this without a computer?' Then have the computer do it the same way.

Comment on Re: Getting Cookies
by PerlSufi (Pilgrim) on Jul 05, 2013 at 16:45 UTC
Thanks, kennethk. That worked for me. :)
The cookie is different from what my browser gives me so I'm working on how to get that now
Firebug, the free Firefox plug-in, makes that easy.

I'd also mention that, instead of storing cookies to disk, you can use Data::Dumper to look at your cookie jar contents.

#11929 First ask yourself How would I do this without a computer?' Then have the computer do it the same way.

Ty, kennethk. I have been using HTTP live headers. I forgot firebug did that. I actually want my script to get them automatically. I will be using WWW::Mechanize::Firefox to do crawl the site. I need the JSESSIONID to be a part of an HTTP get request.
Oh. It turns out that WWW::Mechanize::Firefox doesn't save cookies to the jar? :(
Thanks again for recommending the Data::Dumper to get those cookies. I am another step closer to automating the page. Now I think I need to use a regex to match for the JSESSIONID and concatenate it into my get request.

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