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Jakarta.commons.httpclient  session handling

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I am using jakarta.commons.httpclient to login and perform some operations in a website.

Basically I need to login, and then perform 2 post requests.
However, since I am performing the requests one at a time, and although I can login the next requests get me redirected to a "Not logged in" page.

I noticed that from the login I receive a cookie called JSESSIONID (don't really know if the name is set by HttpClient() or the site itself).

Perhaps I need to send the session id with the next requests?

If so, how can I do it?
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It's always better to observe what a 'real browser' is doing on the site. Use a proxy such as

http://www.xk72.com/charles/download.html

then you can simulate (in theory) easily
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> Perhaps I need to send the session id with the next requests?

You pretty surely need to.
I'd suggest passing the recieved cookie with the next request.
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Hi

Sorry for the late reply...

I've made some progress but got stuck again now...

I've got 5 requests to do: 2 concern the login and the following 3 concern the desired operations.

On the first two, I get 2 cookies:
JSESSIONID=somestring
lastRequest=/somepage###someid

On the last requests I get:
JSESSIONID=sameStringAsAbove
lastRequest=INVALID_REQUEST###sameIdAsAbove

Funny is that with charles (thanks CEHJ) I see that besides these two cookies there is always another one called loginState that is either false or true. I don't seem to get this last cookie...

Any clue on the INVALID_REQUEST or the missing cookie?
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are you passing the cookies back with the response?
although could be anything, sites do this sort of thing to stop people doing exactly what you are trying to do :)
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As probably there was no obvious way of going around my problem I will split the points according to the number of responses
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8-)
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