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

SOLVED in the update at the end. I need to parse a continuous XML stream coming from a device via http. The problem I run into is I can't find a way to convince PerlSAX to take a URL as a source. There's no good way to "download" the XML and hand it off to the XML parser because the download is never going to finish (continuous stream).

# This is the URL that streams alerts such as motion detection. Docume +ntation at my($url) = "http://".$user.":".$password."@".$ip.":".$port."/ISAPI/Eve +nt/notification/alertStream"; #start an instance of SAX parser for each monitor my $handler = SAXAlertStreamHandler->new(); my $parser = XML::Parser::PerlSAX->new( Handler => $handler ); my %parser_args = (Source => {SystemId => $url}); $parser->parse(%parser_args); exit; Couldn't open http://user:password@ +ion/alertStream: No such file or directory at /usr/local/share/perl/5.18.2/XML/Parser/P line 146.

Update: Based on the great information found here, I did determine that preprocessing the data was required. LWP has the ability to process with a handler. As a really nice side-effect, the LWP handler seems to automatically call the handler for each part of the multpart stream so I don't need to set the read_size_hint. For even better multipart http handling, see Alexander's module. Below is my working code

#!/usr/bin/perl use XML::Twig; use warnings; use strict; use LWP; my $url = 'http://username:password@'; my $browser = LWP::UserAgent->new(); my $twig = new XML::Twig( twig_handlers => { EventNotificationAlert => \&AlertStreamHandler +} ); my $response = $browser->get( $url, ':content_cb' => \&raw_handler, ':read_size_hint' => 1024, ); sub raw_handler { my ( $data, $response ) = @_; unless ( $data =~ /^--boundary/ ) { $twig->parse($data); #print $data; } } sub AlertStreamHandler { my ( $twig, $eventAlert ) = @_; my $ip = $eventAlert->first_child('ipAddress')->text; my $eventType = $eventAlert->first_child('eventType')->text; print "IP: " . $ip . "\n"; print "Event: " . $eventType . "\n"; $twig->purge; # delete the twig so far +. Not sure if this is needed. }