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Re: lynx-dev lynx, hotmail, and cookies - an update

From: Klaus Weide
Subject: Re: lynx-dev lynx, hotmail, and cookies - an update
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 1999 05:14:35 -0500 (CDT)

On Tue, 17 Aug 1999, Kim DeVaughn wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 16, 1999, Klaus Weide (address@hidden) said:
> | Try ']' occasionally.
> Hmmm.  Can you elaborate?  How does a HEAD request help out?

Well, it should show you the Set-Cookie header fields in raw form -
at least if the server puts the same headers on a HEAD response as
it would on a GET response[1], and if you do it _before_ having
accepted the cookies (otherwise they would be sent by lynx in the
HEAD request so the server might not set-cookie them again; in practice
that means you should try HEAD on a L)ink not on a D)ocument).

The raw Set-Cookie headers should then make it obvious how several
cookies are packed together.  (And if it is not obvious that all that
stuff in one HTTP header line correlates to several cookies, compare
to the Cookie Jar page _after_ accepting the cookies.)

[1] If you use a proxy, it depends on that proxy's behaviour what gets
    shown in a HEAD response.  You may have to ']', then '^R'eload the
    HEAD page, to force seeing an unfiltered (or less-filtered) server
    response, if using a caching proxy.

I have never tried this with a lynx-ssl, so for https URLs all this is
unverified - it should apply the same way, but I don't really know.


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