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LWP-REQUEST(1)		       User Contributed Perl Documentation		   LWP-REQUEST(1)

NAME
       lwp-request, GET, HEAD, POST - Simple WWW user agent

SYNOPSIS
	lwp-request [-aeEdvhx] [-m method] [-b <base URL>] [-t <timeout>]
		    [-i <if-modified-since>] [-c <content-type>] [-C <credentials>]
		    [-p <proxy-url>] [-o <format>] <url>...

DESCRIPTION
       This program can be used to send requests to WWW servers and your local file system. The
       request content for POST and PUT methods is read from stdin.  The content of the response
       is printed on stdout.  Error messages are printed on stderr.  The program returns a status
       value indicating the number of URLs that failed.

       The options are:

       -m <method>
	   Set which method to use for the request.  If this option is not used, then the method
	   is derived from the name of the program.

       -f  Force request through, even if the program believes that the method is illegal.  The
	   server might reject the request eventually.

       -b <uri>
	   This URI will be used as the base URI for resolving all relative URIs given as argu-
	   ment.

       -t <timeout>
	   Set the timeout value for the requests.  The timeout is the amount of time that the
	   program will wait for a response from the remote server before it fails.  The default
	   unit for the timeout value is seconds.  You might append "m" or "h" to the timeout
	   value to make it minutes or hours, respectively.  The default timeout is '3m', i.e. 3
	   minutes.

       -i <time>
	   Set the If-Modified-Since header in the request. If time it the name of a file, use
	   the modification timestamp for this file. If time is not a file, it is parsed as a
	   literal date. Take a look at HTTP::Date for recogniced formats.

       -c <content-type>
	   Set the Content-Type for the request.  This option is only allowed for requests that
	   take a content, i.e. POST and PUT.  You can force methods to take content by using the
	   "-f" option together with "-c".  The default Content-Type for POST is "applica-
	   tion/x-www-form-urlencoded".  The default Content-type for the others is "text/plain".

       -p <proxy-url>
	   Set the proxy to be used for the requests.  The program also loads proxy settings from
	   the environment.  You can disable this with the "-P" option.

       -H <header>
	   Send this HTTP header with each request. You can specify several, e.g.:

	       lwp-request \
		   -H 'Referer: http://other.url/' \
		   -H 'Host: somehost' \
		   http://this.url/

       -C <username>:<password>
	   Provide credentials for documents that are protected by Basic Authentication.  If the
	   document is protected and you did not specify the username and password with this
	   option, then you will be prompted to provide these values.

       The following options controls what is displayed by the program:

       -u  Print request method and absolute URL as requests are made.

       -U  Print request headers in addition to request method and absolute URL.

       -s  Print response status code.	This option is always on for HEAD requests.

       -S  Print response status chain. This shows redirect and autorization requests that are
	   handled by the library.

       -e  Print response headers.  This option is always on for HEAD requests.

       -d  Do not print the content of the response.

       -o <format>
	   Process HTML content in various ways before printing it.  If the content type of the
	   response is not HTML, then this option has no effect.  The legal format values are;
	   text, ps, links, html and dump.

	   If you specify the text format then the HTML will be formatted as plain latin1 text.
	   If you specify the ps format then it will be formatted as Postscript.

	   The links format will output all links found in the HTML document.  Relative links
	   will be expanded to absolute ones.

	   The html format will reformat the HTML code and the dump format will just dump the
	   HTML syntax tree.

       -v  Print the version number of the program and quit.

       -h  Print usage message and quit.

       -x  Extra debugging output.

       -a  Set text(ascii) mode for content input and output.  If this option is not used, con-
	   tent input and output is done in binary mode.

       Because this program is implemented using the LWP library, it will only support the proto-
       cols that LWP supports.

SEE ALSO
       lwp-mirror, LWP

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright 1995-1999 Gisle Aas.

       This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same
       terms as Perl itself.

AUTHOR
       Gisle Aas <gisle@aas.no>

libwww-perl-5.65			    2002-01-02				   LWP-REQUEST(1)


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