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Hi,

    I am a very beginner in the programming. So I am not quite sure whether I am in the correct category for the following question ....
My question is : How do I write a script which can automatically login in to some website with given username and password ? and then copy some text from the website to a file ?   Is Perl the best way to do it ? or there are some other languages would do better ?

Thanks.

meow.
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Perl is certainly one suitable way to do this. We recently discussed a very similar question here:

http:Q_20657417.html

There are a number of different implementations of password protection for websites. You need a different style of script for sites that use Basic authentication vs sites that have you login via  form vs sites that use https, etc.
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Thanks very much ! I definitely need sometime to digest the codes.....
Just have one more question :
is there any book or website having more information about the LWP and HTTP libraries ? I couldn't find them in some basic Perl tutorial. Thanks !

meow.
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When you install LWP there's a POD file called "lwpcook" included. It's a cookbook with a goodly number of simple examples.

Web Client Programming with Perl, by Clinton Wong
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/webclient/

helped bootstrap me into using LWP. It's out of print, but you can still look at all the examples via the above URL.
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