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Re: rookie cURL troubles

From: Need Wiz <>
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 23:24:13 -0300

> I'm a long-time user of cURL, but by no means a pro. I happened to get lucky that cURL "just worked" with only two options set:
> curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_ENCODING, 'gzip');
> curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_FILE, $fp);
> Recently, the pages I parse are coming back with an error message, though I can still open the pages in a browser and "view source".
> I've dumped headers, played with cookies and cookie jars (mostly via trial and error - I can't really get my head around the concept enough to know if I really need to be worried about cookies - I may be barking up the wrong tree entirely).
> I'm wondering if someone would be so kind as to look at in a browser, and advise what I need to consider to get the same content back via cURL.

I've got my fix. Probably not optimal, but I'll take what I can get!

The server was generating a 500 internal Server Error, which I was only able to get around by sending over a big header borrowed from Firefox via "LiveHTTPHeaders" as mentioned by another curl user in the mailing list archives.

Thanks to anyone that had given my problem some thought.

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Received on 2009-03-31