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Re: Curl, Yahoo, Fantasy Sports, & vbScript

From: Jeff Pohlmeyer <>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2005 07:09:47 -0600

> I'd like to access yahoo's login in order to ...
> ...
> Does anyone have any suggestions?

My limited experience is with the yahoo mail login, and even that
has been some time ago, but...

If I remember correctly, there is a "refresh" URL embedded in
one of the documents that needs to be followed.

Check the retrieved HTML for a tag that looks something like:

  <meta http-equiv="refresh" content"0;url=XXX">

and try to follow to the "url=XXX" field.

Also, you should probably set the -e [referer] option on each subsequent request
to the URL of the previous page.

Some yahoo pages also contain some badly-nested form elements,
that need to be included with the POST, but might get skipped,
depending on where your parser decides to close the rogue </form>
tag. It seems like the one I had trouble with was something like:
<input type="hidden" name="crumb" value="BLAH-BLAH-BLAH">

Another big problem is that the yahoo login process is a "moving target"
that is, what works today might easily get broken tomorrow, in their
never-ending quest to make sure you don't access their content
without first admiring their ad banners.

You might also have a look at some other projects
to see how they do it:

Received on 2005-11-27