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I am trying to screen scrape from a web site, my code works fine for sites which don't involve cookies.  however, the web site i am trying to access requires that a browser have cookies enabled to log in.

what is the best way to go about solving this problem.  i have considered:

1. implicitly setting the header of my my agent to the Cookie value required for the site.

2. somehow getting the Mechanize agent to have cookies enabled - but i am not sure how to go about doing this? i have tried giving it an empty cookie_jar object from HTTP::Cookie but that did not seem to work.

I am fairly new to perl and would appreciate any hints and tips anyone might have.

many thanks
james

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That's curious. The code for WWW::Mechanize sets up the UserAgent with a cookie jar by default, so it should behave as if cookies are enabled.

Have you taken a look at the WWW::Mechanize::Examples files?

http://search.cpan.org/~petdance/WWW-Mechanize-0.70/lib/WWW/Mechanize/Examples.pod

There they show some examples of getting past login screens and filling out forms automatically.
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Welcome to Experts-Exchange, James,

I know that there was a problem with email notifications going out around 4 December (I certainly missed quite a few), so perhaps you are thinking we ignored your first question because Experts Exchange never seemed to contact you again. Maybe you'll get a notification this time and revisit your question.
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Nothing has happened on this question in more than 7 weeks. It's time for cleanup!

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