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Re: a WWW::Robot robot ?

by castaway (Parson)
on Jan 03, 2004 at 10:41 UTC ( [id://318492]=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to a WWW::Robot robot ?

A first glance at WWW::Robot shows that it hasnt been updated since 1997, LWP has, however.. I downloaded and tested it (there are no 'make test' tests, silly module), there is however an example program, which also does not run. I ran it through perl debug, it seems that WWW::Robot attempts to create a new LWP::RobotUA object, passing it 'NAME' and 'FROM' as parameters, the LWP::RobotUA requires that the second parameter, which is supposed to be an email address, contain an @ sign, so it dies.

In short, WWW::Robot is broken. This has already been reported on the CPAN bug tracker, but not yet fixed, see: here.

(oops, my mistake, WWW::Robot has a newer version, last released in Nov 2002, but that is still broken.)

C.

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Re: Re: a WWW::Robot robot ?
by Anonymous Monk on Jan 03, 2004 at 18:45 UTC
    Thanks very much - being of the uninitiated I would have been tearing my hair out for weeks trying to get it to go.

    Any suggestions on another direction to take to do the same thing with perl?

    Phil N

      Hi By accident i was looking at someone 's code who had used WWW::Robot to make it do something and his code magically worked(http://www.stonehenge.com/merlyn/WebTechniques/col42.html)

      I realized that he was also using "USERAGENT => LWP::UserAgent->new," when creating an instance of the WWW::Robot. Am not sure if this really works cause i havent writtenm any more code to test for sure(am off for sleep now anyway :)) but it has taken the error message the user above was writing about which i was getting too. Hopefully this is right.

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