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LWP::Protocol(3)					User Contributed Perl Documentation					  LWP::Protocol(3)

LWP::Protocol - Base class for LWP protocols
package LWP::Protocol::foo; require LWP::Protocol; @ISA=qw(LWP::Protocol);
This class is used a the base class for all protocol implementations supported by the LWP library. When creating an instance of this class using "LWP::Protocol::create($url)", and you get an initialised subclass appropriate for that access method. In other words, the LWP::Protocol::create() function calls the constructor for one of its subclasses. All derived LWP::Protocol classes need to override the request() method which is used to service a request. The overridden method can make use of the collect() function to collect together chunks of data as it is received. The following methods and functions are provided: $prot = LWP::Protocol->new() The LWP::Protocol constructor is inherited by subclasses. As this is a virtual base class this method should not be called directly. $prot = LWP::Protocol::create($scheme) Create an object of the class implementing the protocol to handle the given scheme. This is a function, not a method. It is more an object factory than a constructor. This is the function user agents should use to access protocols. $class = LWP::Protocol::implementor($scheme, [$class]) Get and/or set implementor class for a scheme. Returns '' if the specified scheme is not supported. $prot->request(...) $response = $protocol->request($request, $proxy, undef); $response = $protocol->request($request, $proxy, '/tmp/sss'); $response = $protocol->request($request, $proxy, \&callback, 1024); Dispactches a request over the protocol, and returns a response object. This method needs to be overridden in subclasses. Referer to LWP::UserAgent for description of the arguments. $prot->collect($arg, $response, $collector) Called to collect the content of a request, and process it appropriately into a scalar, file, or by calling a callback. If $arg is undefined, then the content is stored within the $response. If $arg is a simple scalar, then $arg is interpreted as a file name and the content is written to this file. If $arg is a reference to a routine, then content is passed to this routine. The $collector is a routine that will be called and which is reponsible for returning pieces (as ref to scalar) of the content to process. The $collector signals EOF by returning a reference to an empty sting. The return value from collect() is the $response object reference. Note: We will only use the callback or file argument if $response->is_success(). This avoids sendig content data for redirects and authentization responses to the callback which would be confusing. $prot->collect_once($arg, $response, $content) Can be called when the whole response content is available as $content. This will invoke collect() with a collector callback that returns a reference to $content the first time and an empty string the next.
Inspect the LWP/Protocol/ and LWP/Protocol/ files for examples of usage.
Copyright 1995-2001 Gisle Aas. This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself. libwww-perl-5.65 2001-10-26 LWP::Protocol(3)

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