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fetching data from remote site

by dusk (Friar)
on Apr 21, 2001 at 09:13 UTC ( #74396=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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

Fellow monks,

I am currently using a script to get a list of data from a remote site, and open it for printing. Here is an example:

system("wget -c http://server/data.php"); open DATA, "data.php" or die "Cannot open data\n"; print "data is opened\n"; while (<DATA>) { my ($item1, $item2, $item3) = split; print "$item1 - $item2 - $item3\n"; }
Now, besides the fact that this is inefficient, it is also insecure. I am _certain_ that there is a module to do what I want without the need for the system function.
Any ideas?

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Re: fetching data from remote site
by Beatnik (Parson) on Apr 21, 2001 at 14:20 UTC
    #!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; use LWP::Simple; my $page = get("http://server/data.php");
    or
    #!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; my $page = qx|lynx --nolist --source http://server/data.php|;

    Greetz
    Beatnik
    ... Quidquid perl dictum sit, altum viditur.
Re: fetching data from remote site
by voyager (Friar) on Apr 21, 2001 at 09:28 UTC
    Check out LWP::Simple

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