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How to resolve error with LWP UserAgent HTTP GET  Request

George asked
I need to do an HTTP GET request.

I built a 'tester' program with the following code:

push @INC, "d:\\InetPub\\wwwroot\\cgibin";
require LWP::Protocol::http;
require LWP::UserAgent;

   my $urlString = "http://www.someserver.com?a=xxx";
    $urlObj = new URI::URL($urlString);
    my $ua = new LWP::UserAgent;
      my $request = new HTTP::Request('GET', $urlObj, undef);
     $request->header('Content-Type', 'text/html');
     $response = $ua->request($request);


It works fine in my little 'tester' program.
(It does an HTTP GET request, and receives a response from a remote program.)

Then I copied the code into a subroutine of a different program - called 'purchase6'.  
(The top 'push' statement was not in the subroutine, but rather in the main part of the program.)

And when I run it in the purchase6  program, I get this error:

Can't locate object method "init_header" via package "HTTP::Headers" at d:\InetPub\wwwroot\cgibin/HTTP/Message.pm line 189.

The error happens on this statement:
        $response = $ua->request($request);  

I'm really baffled, because the exact same code works in the 'tester' program.

I tried putting the require statements in the main part of the program, just under the 'push' statement, but it did not help.

Also, both the 'tester' program and the 'purchase6'  program reside in the same folder on our server.

I'll appreciate any help you can offer.

                   //email address edited from comment 20739739 by DarthMod - 14/04/09 - 11:25 //

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Top Expert 2007

Can you please show the subroutine in purchase6 and the call to it.


I found some more information.
In the purchase6 program, there is a 'use lib' statement that is not in the tester program:

use lib "d:\\InetPub\\wwwroot\\cgibin";

When I add the statement above to the tester program, then the tester program throws the same error.
So it seems that the 'use lib' statement is perhaps causing some confusion as to the methods that are being used.  

Here is the function call:
                  my $emUnlockCodeReply = &getEmailMergeUnlockCode($emailmergeQty);
Here is the Subroutine:
#Accepts an integer, containing qty, and returns a string containing an unlock code.
#Places an HTTP GET request to get the unlock code 
sub getEmailMergeUnlockCode{
require LWP::Protocol::http;
require LWP::UserAgent;
    my $qty = shift; 
    my $testing = 0;  #*****#####******
	my $urlObj;
	my $urlString;
    my $urlString = "http://w3.cg.com/cgibin/EmailMergeTestTarget.html";
    my $queryString;
    my $strAnswer;
    my $email = 'email@somewhere.com';  #for testing
    my $response;
    my $success = 0; # means, able to connect with other server and get a response. 
    #We need to strip off first name from last name;
    my $name = $Form{'BillTo_Name'};
    my $firstname;
    my $lastname;
    if ($name =~ /^(\w+)\W+(\w+)\.?\W+(.+)/ )  { # eg Zaphoid A. Beetlebrox
      $firstname = $1;  
      $lastname = $3;    
    }elsif ( $name =~ /^(\w+)\W+(.+)/ ) {   # eg Zaphoid Beetlebrox
       $firstname = $1;  
      $lastname = $2;    
	 }else{                 # eg:  Beetlebrox
      $firstname = ".";
      $lastname = $name; 
    $queryString  = "?initals=$firstname";
    $queryString .= "&name=$lastname";
    $queryString .= "&co_name=$Form{'BillTo_Company'}";       
    $queryString .= "&email=$Form{'Email'}";
    $queryString .= "&qty=$qty";  
    $queryString .= "&pword=xxxxxxx"; 
      $queryString .= "\&o_no=TEST"; 
      $queryString .= "&o_no=$orderID";        
    $urlString = "".$urlString.$queryString;  
    $urlObj = new URI::URL($urlString);
    my $ua = new LWP::UserAgent;
     # one way ----
     my $request = new HTTP::Request('GET', $urlObj);
 if ($debug){ print "Email Merge Created request object  <br>";}  ### debug 
     $request->header('Content-Type', 'text/html');
     $response = $ua->request($request);
  if ($debug){ print "Email Merge Response:  $response <br>";}  ### debug 
    if ($response->is_success() ){
       $success = 1;   # other is: is_error();
       $strAnswer = $response->content;
       #if response is error message, handle it after returning string to calling function
       #All error messages returned from API will have 'ERROR' in them.
       #Handle the connection error by returning a string containing the word error.
        $strAnswer ="ERROR: Unable to get response from code generator server.";
return $strAnswer;	

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Top Expert 2009
It sounds like there is a version of some module in the d:\InetPub\wwwroot\cgibin directory that is causing problems.  Try change the "require LWP..." statements to "use LWP...", and put them before the "use lib" statement:

#!/usr/bin/perl             (or your path)
use strict;                   (you should already have this... )
use LWP::Protocol::http;
use LWP::UserAgent;
use lib "d:\\InetPub\\wwwroot\\cgibin";
sub getEmailMergeUnlockCode {


Thanks for you prompt reply.

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