Python Scripts to logon to websites
peter at engcorp.com
Wed Jan 11 14:02:04 EST 2006
> New to Python and Programming. Trying to make scripts that will open
> sites and automatically log me on.
> The following example is from the urllib2 module.
> What are "realm" and "host" in this example.
http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2617.txt probably provides more background
than you want on that topic, but googling for "basic authentication" and
maybe "realm" and/or "host" will find you other sites with less
technically detailed material. The first hit has a little summary
amidst some Apache-specific detail.
> Does anyone have a simple example of a script that opens, say, gmail or
> some other commonly accessed site that requires a username and password
> so that I can see how one is made?
"realm" and "host" are associated with "basic authentication" and not
all sites use that. If the browser pops up a little dialog box of its
username and password there, that's probably a "basic auth" (or "digest
auth") site. If you fill that info into a form (as on gmail.com) you
don't want any of that "realm/host" stuff.
I'll leave it to others more expert in this to provide a more directly
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