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How to post an xml document?

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I have a url that I need to post an XML document to, not sure how to proceed. Any help is appreciated.

Andy
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Question by:icculus12
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by:jmcg
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If you have the LWP bundle installed, it comes with a program (a script, really) that is installed with names like:

/usr/local/bin/lwp-request
/usr/local/bin/POST
/usr/local/bin/GET
/usr/local/bin/HEAD

Take a look at the manpage for it

http://search.cpan.org/~gaas/libwww-perl-5.76/bin/lwp-request

This would be a way, with essentially no programming, to do this upload task.
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Ok, I gave the POST program a try, executed the command as follows:

POST -c text/xml https://url_to_xml_parser_app_here.asp

then input the xml content and got this result:

<HTML>
<HEAD><TITLE>An Error Occurred</TITLE></HEAD>
<BODY>
<H1>An Error Occurred</H1>
501 Protocol scheme 'https' is not supported
</BODY>
</HTML>

Looks like the fact that the server is secure is causing problems with POST... Any ideas of a workaround or alternative solutions available?

Thanks,
Andy
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by:jmcg
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You'll get that error if you do not have the encryption libraries installed.

Are you on Windows and using ActivePerl or are you on something else?

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I am on a Linux server with Perl 5.6.0 - which libraries do I need? Do I need to execute any special commands or does the mere presence of the enc. library allow it to work with https?

Thanks,
Andy
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In that case, see this document:

http://search.cpan.org/src/GAAS/libwww-perl-5.76/README.SSL

I've seen this work for people using the Crypt::SSLeay module. I don't know about the IO::Socket::SSL module.

And, yes, the mere presence of the library (properly installed of course, so LWP can find it) will allow https requests to work.
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