Authentication with httplib

Aahz Maruch aahz at netcom.com
Mon Aug 23 17:12:50 CEST 1999


In article <7prana$a0p$1 at minus.oleane.net>,
Mathieu Lecarme <zehp at francemel.com> wrote:
>
>you should rather use urllib :

No, you shouldn't, unless you're running an interactive process.  urllib
expects stdin to provide name and password.  We got bitten by this one;
because we don't care about authorization (yet) but do care about
redirection, we had to subclass fancy_url_opener() (or whatever the
exact spelling is).

If someone is running a batch process, zie will either need to do what
the original poster was doing (use httplib directly) or subclass
urlopen() to make it work in a batch environment.

I've actually got some other problems with urlopen() in that it doesn't
return the HTTP return code.
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