New User - Using tutorial and Docs - POST returns 302 Found

JohnV loftmaster at
Fri Mar 6 19:53:15 CET 2009

> Sorry, I think you didn't get my later post -- than in fact was from a  
> month ago...
> See
> urllib2 should handle a 302 redirect automatically.
> --
> Gabriel Genellina

I went to the link you provided and sure enough there was your post.
However, the date was all wrong.  I did not even submit to this list
until March 2,2009 so the date on your other post was probably in
European format 03/02/2009 but read as US 02/03/2009.  In any case,
thank you.  The code does get my request to the page however the data
sent in the POST does not arrive with the request.

import httplib, urllib, urllib2

f = open(r'C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\mydata.txt', 'r')
read_data =

params = urllib.urlencode({'textarea1': read_data})
headers = {"Content-type": "application/x-www-form-urlencoded",
            "Accept": "text/plain"}
url = ""
req = urllib2.Request(url, params, headers)
response = urllib2.urlopen(req)
data =
print data

f = open(r'C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\pydata.txt', 'a')

I even changed the params line to to:
params = urllib.urlencode({'textarea1': 'somedata'})

then I tried taking part of the header out ("Accept": "text/plain")
like this:
headers = {"Content-type": "application/x-www-form-urlencoded"}

I still get to the getpost.html page because response has the html
from that page, but textarea1 does not get passed.

Putting :80 or leaving it out of the URL does not seem to matter
either way I get to the getpost page, just no data is passed.

I am running Python 2.5 r25:51908 MSC v.1318 32 bit (Intel) on wind32
and after doing a search on Python Post problems, I read that urllib2
handled 302 redirect POST incorrectly at least in 2.5x . See

Maybe my code is still lacking some command, or I need to install a
newer version of Python.  That option (installing) seems a little
daunting to me as I have no experience but I can learn if that will
fix the problem for me.

Thanks for the help so far, any furhter suggestions appreciated.

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