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Re: lynx-dev -post_data and cookies

From: Thomas Dickey
Subject: Re: lynx-dev -post_data and cookies
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2001 15:12:21 -0400
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On Fri, Jul 27, 2001 at 08:06:36PM +0200, Tene Kye wrote:
> I trying to use post_data for automatic sending of SMS through the website
> of my mobile phone operator.  I read the previous posts on post_data usage
> and successfully tested the option on different sites.
> The problem is this: The SMS website requires me to log on every time I want
> to use the service.  I used post_data for the login form and it worked.  But
> the form for sending, where you enter the message and phone number, didn't.
> My guess is that it has something to do with the cookies.  After you log on,
> the site wants to leave a cookie.  If you reject it, the login page, instead
> of the sending form, is re-displayed.  I tried this: I accepted the cookie,
> and then, after the sending form has been loaded, I deleted it and tried to
> send the SMS.  It didn't work -- again the login form was displayed.
> Everything works fine if you accept the cookie and don't mess with it.  I
> tried this with the Konqueror browser, because I couldn't find out where
> lynx keeps it's cookies.

what is SMS?

I'm not an expert on POST_DATA; I would suggest making a trace (lynx -trace)
and looking at the resulting Lynx.trace file for clues.

> It seems that post_data doesn't work with the sending form, beacuse the site
> looks for a cookie that is left after submitting the login form.  Is there
> something I can do about this?
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