Problem accessing a web page

Chris Rebert clp at
Mon Dec 15 21:16:06 CET 2008

On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 11:55 AM, Antoni Mont <amontfes at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> My apologises if this is not the appropriate group.
> I'd like to access a web site from a python script. That page, in fact,
> is a form of main page. With a browser (Firefox, for instance) I can do
> it without problem: I open the main web whose url is:
> ''
> and then, from the same (or another tab) I open the form (it's a book
> database  and the ISBN is the relevant parameter) whose url is:
> ''
> So I get the information about the book.
> But when I try to do the same from the script, I get a time-out
> error -without time elapsing at all. This is the piece of the
> script relevant for the subject:

I'm able to grab the problem webpage via Python just fine, albeit with
a bit of a delay. So, don't know what your exact problem is, maybe
your connection?

If you're trying to programmatically browse the web, you might want to
look at mechanize:


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