Getting a URL form a "logged in" site

jbv jbv.silences at club-internet.fr
Tue Dec 20 07:43:03 EST 2005



Dennis,

I had a quick look at the webpage, and it seems like you'll have to proceed in
sections, since the html form is slightly more complex than expected (among
other things it has a parameter "Z" that seems to be a session number) :
- 1 use "get url" with the url you gave us to grab the original html code of the
log page
- 2 parse that code to get the parameters + values of the "form1" form
- then use the transcript POST command as follows to get the code of the next
html page (after loggin)
  POST
"m_PR=4&m_CBURL=http://www.quote.com/qc/downloads/default.aspx&m_CBERRURL=http://www.quote.com/qc/downloads/default.aspx&m_LANG=1&Z=1135080270&m_AL=4&m_DL_FREE=1&m_WS=&m_U=<your
member name>&m_P=<your password>" to URL "http://ldbauth.lycos.com/cgi-bin/mayaLogin"

I can't test any further as I'm not logged on this site (and don't want to).

Best,
JB

> JB,
>
> Here is the url of the log in page.
>
> http://ldbauth.lycos.com/cgi-bin/mayaLogin?m_PR=4&m_CBURL=http://
> www.quote.com/qc/downloads/default.aspx
>
> The source does indeed have a post:
>
> <form name="form1" action="http://ldbauth.lycos.com/cgi-bin/
> mayaLogin" method="POST">
>
> The only mention of a cookie is in a line concerning automatic logins
> checkbox.  Perhaps that is why every time after I have logged in
> once, I don't have to again on the same browser:
>
> "By checking "Sign me in automatically," your browser will
> temporarily save your member name and password, allowing you to visit
> other Lycos Network sites without having to log in and reenter your
> account information. The "auto-login" setting will stay active for 90
> days, or until you log out, whichever comes first."
>
> So perhaps the post will work, but I might have to use it many times
> without having cookie support.
>
> Please take a look at the source and let me know what you think and
> how the script to test this would look.
>
> Thanks,
> Dennis
>
> On Dec 19, 2005, at 3:45 PM, jbv wrote:
>
> >
> >
> >> The reason you get the login page is that the site is using
> >> cookies to
> >> maintain your "session" status.
> >
> > you can't jump to that conclusion until you can see the source code.
> >
> > in all websites I've built that maintained sessions, I've never
> > used cookies.
> >
> > JB
> >
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