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Re: [Lynx-dev] Lynx browser can not connect to

From: Jason Min
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] Lynx browser can not connect to
Date: Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:31:36 -0700
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20120306 Thunderbird/3.1.20

Thank you very much for the reply.
Using Tim's suggestion, I am able to get the main page of the site.
However, I can not submit the search form as I asked to Tim.

After I chose business search, and I entered 'abc' for the company name, I can not trigger the search. If click right arrow or hit enter button on the 'View Results' , it does not submit the search request. Is there any way to submit the form?

Thank you.

On 10/9/2013 11:16 AM, Stefan Caunter wrote:
On Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 1:51 PM, Tim Chase<address@hidden>  wrote:
On 2013-10-09 10:34, Jason Min wrote:
When I use Lynx browser to connect to, it
fails after 10 trials, whereas other browser like firefox and
chrome have no problems.
It looks like it's sniffing the User Agent and acting broken when it
receives something it doesn't recognize.  I just swapped my
user-agent string (in the Options) from my default Lynx user-agent of

   Lynx/2.8.8dev.12 libwww-FM/2.14 SSL-MM/1.4.1 GNUTLS/2.12.18

to the user-agent string from my copy of Firefox:

   Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:17.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/17.0

and it at least loaded (I'm not familiar with the site, so I don't
know what to expect).

It's bad site-design on their part to only allow certain user-agents,
but you can't control stupidity.


on the command line you can say

lynx -useragent=mozilla

to unstupid the site

to set it permanently in the options file, change this line in lynx.cfg


otherwise your change only lasts for the one browsing session


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