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Re: [Lynx-dev] can't change user-agent-header

From: Jude DaShiell
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] can't change user-agent-header
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2018 04:47:33 -0500

I like this approach! I'm using lynx 2.88 release 2 here as Russell Bell is using. I suppose toggling of anything in lynx.cfg needs to be done with a text editor when done correctly. I hit save options to disk whenever I do lynx configuration changes since I have to configure lynx everytime I install it for screen reader friendly operation. This is a good way to put messages about inaccessible websites into logs of webmasters and there are loads of those sites running! Now one thing I did try was to view lynx.cfg from inside the options setting menu. I tried that as user account and got a few lines of the file and no more. Would root access enable the toggling of items in lynx.cfg going in from the options menu or is that strictly a view function?

On Thu, 25 Jan 2018, Chuck Martin wrote:

Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2018 04:33:50
From: Chuck Martin <address@hidden>
To: Jude DaShiell <address@hidden>
Cc: address@hidden
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] can't change user-agent-header

On Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 07:52:16AM -0500, Jude DaShiell wrote:
the program keeps forcing it back to lynx original and this is not good for
certain web sites.  I did the change in the lynx options and when I started
up lynx again and checked the user-agent-header it was back to default.  Do
I need to do something in lynx.cfg as well?

Although you can make it permanent, as others have mentioned, I've chosen
a different approach: shell aliases, using the -useragent command line
option.  I have several different aliases for different user agents, so
if one doesn't work, I can quickly try another.  Some of them aren't real
user agents, but messages I hope the webmaster will find in his logs
advising of problems with the site, or idiotic things he's implemented
(like blocking browsers based on the user agent string).  Surprisingly,
those messages often allow me to view a page or site that specifically
blocks browsers with the string "lynx" in their user agent.


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