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Re: [Lynx-dev] Lynx fails on

From: Walter Ian Kaye
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] Lynx fails on
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2004 12:24:29 -0700

At 04:21p +0000 10/11/2004, Thorsten Glaser didst inscribe upon an electronic papyrus:

They are actively blocking anyone with libwww-FM/2.14 in their user agent
string (I tested for that). (Actually, libwww is enough.)

That's not a bug in lynx, and you can change the user agent in the
(O)ptions page.
On the other hand, I would consider contacting them and asking if
they are still all in their right mind...

This might explain it:

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Date: Fri, 04 Jul 2003 23:29:45 +0200
From: Erik-Jan van Baaren
Subject: Re: contact-guitarboard

But I have 6000 bookmarks in Lynx!

Hey wait a sec -- MSIE users can set their browser to download multiple levels of a Web site. Do you block all IE users? If not, then you should not block all Lynx users, either.

In the meantime, I fudged my UA string (changed libwww to lib_www). Which, btw, "bad people" could do too, so you really should block by IP address.

dank u vel,
 Walter Ian Kaye, Menlo Park, CA, USA | Macintosh Scripter, Web Developer,  | Guitarist, Songwriter, Actor, and
                                      | Whole Grain Baker
 (())  ascii ribbon campaign:
  XX   just say no to HTML/RTF in email and usenet
 //\\  and no to Web sites that do not fully support Lynx

I am banning on ip addresses but also on some UA strings like libwww and common rippers. Lynx is probably a nice ripper to use for the website-ripping people. But you are right.. i shouldn't ban lynx and never wanted to ban it. I didn't even know libwww was in it's UA string. I removed it from the list.


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