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

by planetscape (Chancellor)
on Feb 05, 2009 at 19:15 UTC ( #741653=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Test::WWW::Mechanize page_links_ok fails on wikipedia entry external links

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

HTH,

planetscape
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Re^2: Test::WWW::Mechanize page_links_ok fails on wikipedia entry external links
by mandog (Curate) on Feb 05, 2009 at 21:38 UTC

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

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