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Test::WWW::Mechanize page_links_ok fails on wikipedia entry external links

by mandog (Curate)
on Feb 05, 2009 at 14:01 UTC ( #741545=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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

I'm enjoying Test::WWW::Mechanize with one quirk: It fails links to pages on wikipedia

A link to the main wikipedia page is ok.

There is no javascript in the page.

The link works in firefox, konqueror and wget. Per the WWW::Mechanize faq I've struggled to find the difference between the browsers and Mech

The only slight clue is that wget -vS shows that wikipedia is behind a squid caching proxy. --But this is also the case for the front page which works.

To get on w/ my life, I'm linking to but still would appreciate any help in resolving this mystery.

Below is minimal but complete Perl / html to reproduce the problem

#!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; use Test::WWW::Mechanize; use Test::More tests=>2; my $mech=Test::WWW::Mechanize->new( "stack_depth" => 10, 'timeout' => +60 ); $mech->get_ok('http://localhost/test.html'); # fails $mech->page_links_ok(); __DATA__ <!-- http://localhost/test.html --> <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"> <html> <head> <title> test </title> </head> <body> <p> <a href=" +nse"> fails </a> </p> <p> <a href="">works</a> </p> </p> <a href-="">works</a> </p> <p> <a href=" +">fails</a> </p> <p> <a href="">?</a> </p> </body> </html>

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Re: Test::WWW::Mechanize page_links_ok fails on wikipedia entry external links
by Corion (Patriarch) on Feb 05, 2009 at 14:06 UTC

    As a hint when testing things with LWP::UserAgent or WWW::Mechanize, they both accept file:// URLs as well, so you don't need a webserver to serve simple HTML pages.

Re: Test::WWW::Mechanize page_links_ok fails on wikipedia entry external links
by planetscape (Chancellor) on Feb 05, 2009 at 19:15 UTC

    You might experiment with different user agent settings; and/or view Wikipedia's robots.txt for clues.



      Yep, robots.txt / user-agent exclusion is the problem

      $mech->agent_alias( 'Windows IE 6' ); works with wikipedia but for some reason not  $mech->agent_alias('Linux Mozilla'); works for both.

      I guess if wikipedia doesn't want mech scraping, I won't do it.

      Thanks for your help planetscape,

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