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how to download files from the web

by Anonymous Monk
on Jun 27, 2000 at 23:55 UTC ( #20066=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Anonymous Monk has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Is it possible to write a Perl script to download files from a certain web-page, one which I have to log into?
Thanks very much

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Re: how to download files from the web
by le (Friar) on Jun 28, 2000 at 00:00 UTC
    LWP::UserAgent should fit your needs.
Re: how to download files from the web
by btrott (Parson) on Jun 28, 2000 at 00:27 UTC
    Check out Bundle::LWP. It comes with lwp-request, which you should look at, because it has some good examples of, obviously, making web requests, but also of doing so with basic authentication schemes.
Re: how to download files from the web
by eduardo (Curate) on Jun 28, 2000 at 08:18 UTC
    I love questions like this ;) such a thinly veiled attempt at writing a porn grabber... dude, if you are on a unix machine just make your life easier and use wget ;) you'll be glad you did.
      Heh. I'm writing a similar script. A comic grabber. I know I can use wget. Think I'll try the LWP module 'cause I'm just crazy like that. =)
Re: how to download files from the web
by toadi (Chaplain) on Jun 28, 2000 at 18:11 UTC
    Like the dude said use wget on *nix machines...
    'cos I tried LWP and it's a bit slow for large thingies :-)

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