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Re: make useragent follow redirects in post actions

by arhuman (Vicar)
on Feb 21, 2001 at 14:43 UTC ( #59895=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to make useragent follow redirects in post actions

To answer to your question the RFC2616 says:

If the 301 status code is received in response to a request other than GET or HEAD, the user agent MUST NOT automatically redirect the request unless it can be confirmed by the user, since this might change the conditions under which the request was issued.
Note: When automatically redirecting a POST request after receiving a 301 status code, some existing HTTP/1.0 user agents will erroneously change it into a GET request.

For yor other question : You can make a new redefining only redirect_ok (or modified, but it's dirty) to follow your rules.
#!/usr/bin/pl package MyUa; use LWP::UserAgent; @ISA = "LWP::UserAgent"; sub redirect_ok { # here depending on what you've decided # you return true to follow the redirect # or false to not follow # (we set up the return value depending on # other (previously set up) variable to achieve our goal) # # You can also set some variables here to to modify the way # you'll retrive the new pages elsewhere in your prog/in the LWP #(argh, dirty !) # to change POST to GET by example... } 1;

At the office we have configured 3 different behaviour for redirect on POST :

Strict RFC compliance->don't follow to new location.
'Rfc erroneous' mode->follow to new location but with a get (as the RFC say you shouldn't POST automatically to the new location.
Weird mode(but usefull)-> where we POST to the new location.

I must precise that ALL these modes are needed as we found, in real life, sites that needs one of these modes...

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Re: Re: make useragent follow redirects in post actions
by Specimen (Acolyte) on Feb 21, 2001 at 15:34 UTC
    Thanks for your help and info.
    Wrapping the useragent inside my own class and overriding
    the redirect_ok while I agree is purest way of doing it
    it is also the most trouble :-)
    Can't I just use some kind of nasty hack to override the 
    function though ? I thought it would be possible by 
    changing the symbol table or something like that ? (My 
    knowledge of perl down to that level is pretty sketchy)
    Thanks again
Re: Re: make useragent follow redirects in post actions
by Specimen (Acolyte) on Feb 21, 2001 at 17:42 UTC
    Actually, while i'd still like to know if it's possible to
    do it by directly manipulating the symbol table or something
    like that, I ended up just creating the new class at the
    top of the program with the 4 or so lines needed and used
    that one - very straightforward. Thanks for your help.
      OK, it's Evil, but I've done it for a quick hack once (actually, to get redirects turned off):
      use LWP::UserAgent; BEGIN { *LWP::UserAgent::redirect_ok = sub { 1 }; }
      I've got to go take a shower now. I feel so... dirty. {grin}

      -- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker

        Hi - thanks a lot! As usual it looks intuitive and clean
        even if it is in some respects a dirty hack.

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