Posted on 1998-11-17
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
I made a program which allows me to connect to a remote website via socket/bind/connect.  It establishes a socket connection and downloads the requested webpage.

Now I would love to actually go thru a proxy server first and have it download the webpage and return it back to me. So normally I have this happening:
And now I want this:

This way the remote site sees the proxy server rather than me directly.  How do I go about making a proxy server connection and then to the remote site from my Perl script.  I have the ground work, as I said but I just can't figure out how the proxy server address fits into it.

Maybe I establish a connection not with the remote site but with the proxy server at port 8080.  Then where I normally request for a certain webpage:
GET /index.html HTTP/1.0

I should place:

Now the proxy server will understand this GET statement and connect to the remote site.  Is this correct thinking?

And another question.  Does the Referer field always get passed by all Proxy servers or only some? It is an important header field that needs to get passed.  And also, the remote site that is receiving the call, does it get the usual ENVironment variables like a normal call or does the Proxy Server insert additional fields (passing info like who I am and it is a proxy server that is calling).  If it is passing additional fields can I somehow turn them off?

Thanks so much.


Question by:ljaques
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Rather than reinventing the wheel, you might want to take a look at the libwww bundle (available on CPAN, current version is 5.36, I think);

That installs a program called GET that does exactly what you want it to do (including parsing the proxy server from the environment, if possible.)

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# This should work for you...
# -ventolin

# QuickAndDirty - web client program for experts exchange

use LWP::UserAgent;
my $email_address = "youknowwhattoputhere";

my $AGENT = LWP::UserAgent->new;
$AGENT->proxy(['http', 'ftp'], '');

# be sure to set this if you want to use a proxy
# you could also use $AGENT->env_proxy; if a proxy variable has been set

my $REQUEST = HTTP::Request->new('GET', "");
my $response = $AGENT->request($REQUEST);
if ($response->is_success)     {                                              
        print $response->content;
else {
        die "$response->code, $response->message";


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Ventolin, thanks so much for the actual code.  Unfortunately I don't have LWP for my Perl in DOS/WIN95.  And everytime I have to go find a new package to include for my Perl there always seesm to be additional pakcages I need to dload to get the first package to work.  ThenI have to worry about setting up this and that file.  I just never can set up these packages for Perl for DOS/WIN95.  Ho Hum...

Though, I already have a script which allows me to connect to other websites.  It's much like the program Linklint.  Unfortunately when I try to connect to a remote site thru a certain proxy server, no response comes back.  Connecting to other proxy servers is fine but not with this one (proxy server:  I can't figure out whats going wrong.  The script routines to connect to remote sites is flawless and even connecting to certain proxy servers and passing the appropriate request header (GET HTTP/1.0) is fine. Just with this one proxy server it seems to just pause and not return anything.  Thru Netscape, setting it up to call the same proxy server and manually connecting to the remote site works just fine, just not in my perl script.  Weird.

Any solutions?  And about the LWP package you mentioned.  I'd love to get it installed for my Perl it's just I wish there's an easy way to do it. Any solutions?  :>


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Check out:

<a href=>libwww Bundle</a>
<a href=>libwww-win32-fix</a>
This file contains the files necessary for running LWP/libwww under Activeware's port of Perl for Win32 5.003 or higher.


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