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Send a POST request with cookies

by tune (Curate)
on Mar 22, 2014 at 23:40 UTC ( #1079418=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

tune has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi Monks, I am in a situation of fixing code which was logging into a provider website (not basic authentication), then filling a form with data and uploading a file with WWW::Form. Finally clicking the form and submitting data. In the result page a ticket number appeared and then it got stored... Until the provider added some nasty Javascript to the form and the above method no longer works.

I was thinking not to worry about page rendering, and simply send the POST request in to the page, and getting the result page back. I know LWP::UserAgent is capable of doing that, but I am not sure if I can maintain the login session ie. capturing all the cookies and feeding that to the LWP::UserAgent request. I need examples of the cookie passing if LWP can do that, perhaps combined with file upload. I tried some Googling but no luck yet.

ps: I am open to other solutions too, eg downloaded PhantomJS and played with it a bit, but would be happier to stay in Perl domains.


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Re: Send a POST request with cookies
by thomas895 (Deacon) on Mar 23, 2014 at 01:15 UTC

    The docs for LWP::UserAgent clearly state an example of cookie usage. Look for cookie_jar.

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Re: Send a POST request with cookies
by Anonymous Monk on Mar 23, 2014 at 03:19 UTC
    use WWW::Mechanize it is a LWP::UserAgent subclass that comes with a cookie jar by default

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