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Re: lynx-dev is it possible to see what lynx sends to the server?

From: Nelson H. F. Beebe
Subject: Re: lynx-dev is it possible to see what lynx sends to the server?
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 15:22:22 -0700 (MST)

Gennady Stupakov <address@hidden> asks on Fri, 16 Mar 2001
13:47:50 -0800 (Pacific Standard Time)
>> ...
>> I am trying to automate navigation through some of web sites using a
>> perl script and the cURL program. I often encounter problems trying to
>> figure out what requests I need to send to the sever to get to the
>> next page. Is it a possibile to sniff what a browser should send to
>> the server using lynx?
>> ...

I'm interested in a clean, non-root, solution to this problem too.

What I do, for exactly the same reason as you, is run (as root)

        snoop -x 0,8192 -S -V -t r to hostname-or-IP-address >foo.snoop

and then examine the foo.snoop log file.  Unfortunately, this option
is not available to the vast majority of users, who don't have
privileged root access like I do.

snoop is part of the nfswatch package written by Dave Curry at IBM and
Jeff Mogul at DEC (now Compaq).  We have a 12-Feb-1996 release of 
nfswatch4.3.tar.gz here, from
I really don't want to see all the network traffic, and I rarely need
the hex dumps.  I just want to see the byte stream sent to and from
the browser.  A log like this would be very helpful:

        TO: ....
        FROM: ....
        FROM: ....
        TO: ...
        FROM: ...

Ideally, there should also be options to timestamp the traffic,
display it in hex, and control the line length and packet count
printed, much like snoop provides.

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