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How To Post From A Script

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I need to post some XML to an external web address (Java servlet on another web server) from within a shopping cart written in php. I need example code for how to do this. I also need to know if it can be done to an SSL address.
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whoops, typos! remove the line:

$authstr = ;

it shouldn't be there.

and the last line, $respnse should be $response.

Other than that, it should work, because I am currently using practically the exact same script.
You MAY need to modify this line if the host requires authorization:
$curlheaders[0] = "Authorization: $user . : . $pass";

If that doesn't work, you'll have to figure out the appropriate header the host is expecting on your own.

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I forgot to mention that the xml data that you wish to send has to be urlencoded so instead of this:
$requestData = 'some xml text';
so this:
$requestData = urlencode('some xml text');
While I'm around...

$rawpost = fread($fp,9999999999);

just looks prettier by doing:

$rawpost = fread($fp,$_SERVER['CONTENT_LENGTH']);

either one works. the second one is recommended as it is probably more efficient.


This place really needs an edit function, eh Cosmin?

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Thanks to both for the help. The curl method looks good but I don't have the module installed. One last thing. I do not want to post as  x-www-form-urlencoded so I changed the content-type to text/xml and it worked fine. However, I am getting all the HTTP response headers back. Can I avoid that and just get the XML response that is coming back to me?

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You'll have to strip the headers on your own ... remember that there is a blank line between the headers and the content
"Can I avoid that and just get the XML response that is coming back to me?"

curl curl curl :)

easy to install

http://www.php.net/manual/en/ref.curl.php

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Quote:"easy to install" ... that's only if you are on windows, if you are on linux you have to recompile php again
compiling/reinstalling php is pretty darn easy itself as long as you saved the old source tree.

make a php script that just contains <?php phpinfo(); ?>

open it via the web, and it will say something like:
Configure command:
'./configure' '--with-apxs=/usr/local/apache/bin/apxs' '--with-xml' '--enable-bcmath' '--enable-calendar' '--enable-ftp' '--enable-magic-quotes' '--with-mysql' '--with-pear' '--enable-sockets' '--enable-track-vars' '--enable-versioning' '--with-zlib'

just add "--with-curl" to the end of that.

cd php-4.3.4
#] rm config.cache
#] make distclean
#] ./configure ......
#] make
#] make install

all done.

hey, if i can do it, anyone with an IQ of 146 can

:)

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so you're supposed to have 145 ?? :)
... i didn't say it's hard for me to install php on linux or other os but for someone with no background on linux it can be a little difficult.
I suppose it comes down to a compromise between the user using sockets versus the easier method of using curl but reinstalling php. I don't know jack about linux, really. I just have a test box that I mess around with and have apache set up on. If I mess something up and have to reinstall, then it's no big thang.

VMware would be great for someone without a spare box, but then again it costs more than it would to buy a celeron-based pc.
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