LWP-UserAgent-Request-Cookies.pl - Sending Request with Cookies

This section provides a tutorial example on how to convert all cookies into persistent cookies, save them to a cookie jar file, and attach them to subsequent requests.

In the previous tutorial, we learned that the save() method in the HTTP::Cookies class does not save any temporary cookies to the cookie jar file. One workaround option is convert all temporary cookies into persistent cookies in the client script.

Here is my enhanced version of the script: LWP-UserAgent-Request-Cookies.pl:

#- LWP-UserAgent-Request-Cookies.pl
#- Copyright (c) HerongYang.com. All Rights Reserved.

   use LWP::UserAgent;
   use HTTP::Cookies;

   my ($method, $uri, $data) = @ARGV;
   $method = 'GET' unless $method;
   $uri = 'http://herongyang.com/' unless $uri;
   $data = 'author=Herong&lang=Perl' unless $data;

   my $browser = new LWP::UserAgent();
   $browser->requests_redirectable(['GET', 'HEAD', 'POST']);
   $browser->agent("Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1)");

   my $request = HTTP::Request->new();
   if (uc($method) eq 'POST') {
         => 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded');

   my $jar = HTTP::Cookies->new();

   my $response = $browser->request($request);
   $request = $response->request();

#- Convert cookies from old jar to new jar
#  print("List of cookies in the old jar:\n");
#  $jar->scan(\&listCookie);
   my $jarNew = HTTP::Cookies->new();
#  print("List of cookies in the new jar:\n");
#  $jarNew->scan(\&listCookie);

   my @redirects = $response->redirects();
   foreach my $res (@redirects) {
      my $req = $res->request();


#- Convert all cookies to persistent cookies
sub buildNewJar {
   my ($version, $key, $val, $path, $domain, $port,
      $path_spec, $secure, $expires, $discard) = @_;
   $maxage = 60*60*24*30; # lives for 30 days
   $discard = 0; # do not discard
   $jarNew->set_cookie($version, $key, $val, $path, $domain, $port,
      $path_spec, $secure, $maxage, $discard);

#- List each cookie in the jar
sub listCookie {
   my ($version, $key, $val, $path, $domain, $port,
      $path, $secure, $expires, $discard, $hash) = @_;
   print("key = ($key)\n");
   print("val = ($val)\n");
   print("domain = ($domain)\n");
   print("path = ($path)\n");
   print("expires = ($expires)\n");
   print("discard = ($discard)\n");

#- Maintain cookies during redirect
sub LWP::UserAgent::redirect_ok {
   my ($self, $req, $res) = @_;
   return true;

Note that the enhancement uses the scan() method in the HTTP:Cookies class to loop through each cookie in the jar and convert all cookies into persistent cookies by setting $maxage = 60*60*24*30 and $discard = 0.

If we repeat the same test with LWP-UserAgent-Request-Cookies.pl, we should get:

herong> LWP-UserAgent-Request-Cookies.pl
   GET http://localhost/CGI-pm-Manage-Cookies.pl

GET http://localhost/CGI-pm-Manage-Cookies.pl
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1)

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Connection: close
Server: Apache/2.2.25 (Win32)
Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1
Client-Transfer-Encoding: chunked
Set-Cookie: Chocolate_1=Another%20chocolate%20cookie%20for%20you%2...
Set-Cookie: Sugar_2=Another%20sugar%20cookie%20for%20you%21; path=/
Title: CGI-pm-Manage-Cookies.pl


herong> more HTTP-Cookies.jar
Set-Cookie3: Chocolate_1=Another%20chocolate%20cookie%20for%20you%...
Set-Cookie3: Sugar_2=Another%20sugar%20cookie%20for%20you%21; path...
Set-Cookie3: datr=df0dU_W0r6vNIWj_NgpYQMJ7; path="/"; domain=.face...
Set-Cookie3: fr=0oswe6EQT4vYQsVEs.AWXgFm5hU3wMtefwkipG9OoNw3A.BTEl...
Set-Cookie3: lu=SgFEbQxflkf9cYQqNmEjSYmw; path="/"; domain=.facebo...
Set-Cookie3: NID="67=v4hLLg1a_TYSA0jgDZmyiEFmp2r3qWujpGhCRAx9by8hS...
Set-Cookie3: PREF="ID=39f3c35845eeda94:U=5282f19f1a13190a:FF=0:TM=...

herong> LWP-UserAgent-Request-Cookies.pl
   GET http://localhost/CGI-pm-Manage-Cookies.pl

GET http://localhost/cgi-pm-manage-cookies.pl
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1)
Cookie: Chocolate_1=Another%20chocolate%20cookie%20for%20you%21;
Cookie2: $Version="1"

The output shows that my enhanced script works correctly. All cookies are persisted into the HTTP-Cookies.jar file. So when you send a subsequent to the same Web site, cookies belongs to that site will be attached to the request.

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 What Is HTTP::Cookies?

 LWP-UserAgent-Request.pl - GET, POST and Cookies

 LWP-UserAgent-Request.pl - Login to facebook.com

 HTTP::Cookies save() not Saving Temporary Cookies

LWP-UserAgent-Request-Cookies.pl - Sending Request with Cookies

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