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       lwpcook - The libwww-perl cookbook

       This document contain some examples that show typical usage of the
       libwww-perl library.  You should consult the documentation for the
       individual modules for more detail.

       All examples should be runnable programs. You can, in most cases, test
       the code sections by piping the program text directly to perl.

       It is very easy to use this library to just fetch documents from the
       net.  The LWP::Simple module provides the get() function that return
       the document specified by its URL argument:

         use LWP::Simple;
         $doc = get 'http://search.cpan.org/dist/libwww-perl/';

       or, as a perl one-liner using the getprint() function:

         perl -MLWP::Simple -e 'getprint "http://search.cpan.org/dist/libwww-perl/"'

       or, how about fetching the latest perl by running this command:

         perl -MLWP::Simple -e '
           getstore "ftp://ftp.sunet.se/pub/lang/perl/CPAN/src/latest.tar.gz",

       You will probably first want to find a CPAN site closer to you by
       running something like the following command:

         perl -MLWP::Simple -e 'getprint "http://www.cpan.org/SITES.html"'

       Enough of this simple stuff!  The LWP object oriented interface gives
       you more control over the request sent to the server.  Using this
       interface you have full control over headers sent and how you want to
       handle the response returned.

         use LWP::UserAgent;
         $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new;
         $ua->agent("$0/0.1 " . $ua->agent);
         # $ua->agent("Mozilla/8.0") # pretend we are very capable browser

         $req = HTTP::Request->new(
            GET => 'http://search.cpan.org/dist/libwww-perl/');
         $req->header('Accept' => 'text/html');

         # send request
         $res = $ua->request($req);

         # check the outcome
         if ($res->is_success) {
            print $res->decoded_content;
         else {
            print "Error: " . $res->status_line . "\n";

       The lwp-request program (alias GET) that is distributed with the
       library can also be used to fetch documents from WWW servers.

       If you just want to check if a document is present (i.e. the URL is
       valid) try to run code that looks like this:

         use LWP::Simple;

         if (head($url)) {
            # ok document exists

       The head() function really returns a list of meta-information about the
       document.  The first three values of the list returned are the document
       type, the size of the document, and the age of the document.

       More control over the request or access to all header values returned
       require that you use the object oriented interface described for GET
       above.  Just s/GET/HEAD/g.

       There is no simple procedural interface for posting data to a WWW
       server.  You must use the object oriented interface for this. The most
       common POST operation is to access a WWW form application:

         use LWP::UserAgent;
         $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new;

         my $req = HTTP::Request->new(
             POST => 'http://rt.cpan.org/Public/Dist/Display.html');

         my $res = $ua->request($req);
         print $res->as_string;

       Lazy people use the HTTP::Request::Common module to set up a suitable
       POST request message (it handles all the escaping issues) and has a
       suitable default for the content_type:

         use HTTP::Request::Common qw(POST);
         use LWP::UserAgent;
         $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new;

         my $req = POST 'http://rt.cpan.org/Public/Dist/Display.html',
                       [ Status => 'Active', Name => 'libwww-perl' ];

         print $ua->request($req)->as_string;

       The lwp-request program (alias POST) that is distributed with the
       library can also be used for posting data.

       Some sites use proxies to go through fire wall machines, or just as
       cache in order to improve performance.  Proxies can also be used for
       accessing resources through protocols not supported directly (or
       supported badly :-) by the libwww-perl library.

       You should initialize your proxy setting before you start sending

         use LWP::UserAgent;
         $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new;
         $ua->env_proxy; # initialize from environment variables
         # or
         $ua->proxy(ftp  => 'http://proxy.myorg.com');
         $ua->proxy(wais => 'http://proxy.myorg.com');
         $ua->no_proxy(qw(no se fi));

         my $req = HTTP::Request->new(GET => 'wais://xxx.com/');
         print $ua->request($req)->as_string;

       The LWP::Simple interface will call env_proxy() for you automatically.
       Applications that use the $ua->env_proxy() method will normally not use
       the $ua->proxy() and $ua->no_proxy() methods.

       Some proxies also require that you send it a username/password in order
       to let requests through.  You should be able to add the required
       header, with something like this:

        use LWP::UserAgent;

        $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new;
        $ua->proxy(['http', 'ftp'] => 'http://username:password@proxy.myorg.com');

        $req = HTTP::Request->new('GET',"http://www.perl.com");

        $res = $ua->request($req);
        print $res->decoded_content if $res->is_success;

       Replace "proxy.myorg.com", "username" and "password" with something
       suitable for your site.

       Documents protected by basic authorization can easily be accessed like

         use LWP::UserAgent;
         $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new;
         $req = HTTP::Request->new(GET => 'http://www.linpro.no/secret/');
         $req->authorization_basic('aas', 'mypassword');
         print $ua->request($req)->as_string;

       The other alternative is to provide a subclass of LWP::UserAgent that
       overrides the get_basic_credentials() method. Study the lwp-request
       program for an example of this.

       Some sites like to play games with cookies.  By default LWP ignores
       cookies provided by the servers it visits.  LWP will collect cookies
       and respond to cookie requests if you set up a cookie jar.

         use LWP::UserAgent;
         use HTTP::Cookies;

         $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new;
         $ua->cookie_jar(HTTP::Cookies->new(file => "lwpcookies.txt",
                                            autosave => 1));

         # and then send requests just as you used to do
         $res = $ua->request(HTTP::Request->new(GET => "http://no.yahoo.com/"));
         print $res->status_line, "\n";

       As you visit sites that send you cookies to keep, then the file
       lwpcookies.txt" will grow.

       URLs with https scheme are accessed in exactly the same way as with
       http scheme, provided that an SSL interface module for LWP has been
       properly installed (see the README.SSL file found in the libwww-perl
       distribution for more details).  If no SSL interface is installed for
       LWP to use, then you will get "501 Protocol scheme 'https' is not
       supported" errors when accessing such URLs.

       Here's an example of fetching and printing a WWW page using SSL:

         use LWP::UserAgent;

         my $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new;
         my $req = HTTP::Request->new(GET => 'https://www.helsinki.fi/');
         my $res = $ua->request($req);
         if ($res->is_success) {
             print $res->as_string;
         else {
             print "Failed: ", $res->status_line, "\n";

       If you want to mirror documents from a WWW server, then try to run code
       similar to this at regular intervals:

         use LWP::Simple;

         %mirrors = (
            'http://www.sn.no/'                       => 'sn.html',
            'http://www.perl.com/'                    => 'perl.html',
            'http://search.cpan.org/distlibwww-perl/' => 'lwp.html',
            'gopher://gopher.sn.no/'                  => 'gopher.html',

         while (($url, $localfile) = each(%mirrors)) {
            mirror($url, $localfile);

       Or, as a perl one-liner:

         perl -MLWP::Simple -e 'mirror("http://www.perl.com/", "perl.html")';

       The document will not be transferred unless it has been updated.

       If the document you want to fetch is too large to be kept in memory,
       then you have two alternatives.  You can instruct the library to write
       the document content to a file (second $ua->request() argument is a
       file name):

         use LWP::UserAgent;
         $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new;

         my $req = HTTP::Request->new(GET =>
         $res = $ua->request($req, "libwww-perl.tar.gz");
         if ($res->is_success) {
            print "ok\n";
         else {
            print $res->status_line, "\n";

       Or you can process the document as it arrives (second $ua->request()
       argument is a code reference):

         use LWP::UserAgent;
         $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new;
         $URL = 'ftp://ftp.unit.no/pub/rfc/rfc-index.txt';

         my $expected_length;
         my $bytes_received = 0;
         my $res =
            $ua->request(HTTP::Request->new(GET => $URL),
                      sub {
                          my($chunk, $res) = @_;
                          $bytes_received += length($chunk);
                          unless (defined $expected_length) {
                             $expected_length = $res->content_length || 0;
                          if ($expected_length) {
                               printf STDERR "%d%% - ",
                                         100 * $bytes_received / $expected_length;
                          print STDERR "$bytes_received bytes received\n";

                          # XXX Should really do something with the chunk itself
                          # print $chunk;
          print $res->status_line, "\n";

       Copyright 1996-2001, Gisle Aas

       This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
       under the same terms as Perl itself.

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