Can't Access ANY url from python (errno 61)
mattbarkan at gmail.com
Sat Feb 20 03:32:59 CET 2010
On Feb 19, 8:28 pm, Chris Rebert <c... at rebertia.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 5:06 PM, MattB <mattbar... at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Feb 19, 7:20 pm, MattB <mattbar... at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> On Feb 19, 6:02 pm, "Martin P. Hellwig" <martin.hell... at dcuktec.org>
> >> wrote:
> >> > On 02/19/10 21:48, MattB wrote:
> >> > > Hey all,
> >> > > I've been working on a program that accesses my school's password
> >> > > protected website and downloads directory names. I'm using mechanize.
> >> > > Recently, the program has been unable to open the website, returning
> >> > > the 'errno 61 connection refused' error. I presume the school's server
> >> > > was blocking me because of many automated logins.
> >> > Being a former school BOFH, I can assure you that if I was annoyed by
> >> > your 'misuse' I would have tracked you down and made you aware of it.
> >> > > However, it turns out that I cannot now open ANY url from within
> >> > > Python on my computer using mechanize (or urllib for that matter).
> >> > > And I've tried in several places -- my place, a friend's place (who
> >> > > also has comcast as an ISP) and the school -- but no dice, constant
> >> > > errno 61's whenever I try to open a url.
> >> > As mentioned by Jonathan Gardener, this is most likely a proxy gateway.
> >> > > The strangest thing about this is that firefox still works flawlessly
> >> > > on any site.
> >> > Your system might have been centrally configure so that applications are
> >> > aware of the proxy, firefox probably has been piggybacking on those
> >> > settings (as it should). Most platforms can be made aware of a proxy by
> >> > a DHCP option send by the DHCP server (that is when you automatically
> >> > get an IP address).
> >> > > Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
> > Breakthrough:
> > I tried switching from a wireless connection to my router, and instead
> > used an ethernet connection -- and now everything works.
> > Why would this make a difference? MAC address? Is it possible for an
> > external server to see my MAC address and block it? Clearly wasn't an
> > IP address issue!
> If you're using the campus network and depending on the exact network
> details, yes, they very likely can know your MAC address and thus
> block it.
> Since your Wi-Fi card and Ethernet card have different hardware MAC
> addresses, yes, switching would change your visible MAC address, thus
> circumventing any blocks based on it.
> Hi ACMS!http://blog.rebertia.com
I'm using the network in my own apartment. Not the campus's.
Moreover, my mac's MAC address is different from the MAC address shown
by my router, but as I said I'm also blocked when using my friend's
wireless router at his apartment.
So it must be my mac's MAC, and not the router's MAC, that's being
But ALSO -- is it my ISP that's blocking the mac's MAC (and not the
school), since I can't raise ANY url's from python when I'm on
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