I had an idea for a script to automatically log me in to Advance Wars by Web and grab the number of games which it is my turn in, but Wget seems to have a lot of trouble with post-data and cookies while accessing pages. Currently, this is how my script looks:
#! /bin/sh # Script for grabbing "Your Turn Games" from AWBW (http://awbw.amarriner.com) # Written and maintained by Michael Pobega # Special thanks to the GNU Wget manpage for help with cookie sessions wget --keep-session-cookies --save-cookies cookies.txt --post-data 'username=pobega&password=PASSWORD' --keep-session-cookies http://awbw.amarriner.com/login.php wget --load-cookies cookies.txt http://awbw.amarriner.com/yourturn.php
Every time I’d login to the page, the downloaded yourturn.php would complain that I was not logged in. I’m going to mess around with this script a little more and hopefully find the problem.
Edit: Nevermind, I found the problem. I guess I’m a bit blind, but it’s right in the wget(1) manpage:
If the server is using session cookies to track user authentication, the above will not work because
--save-cookies will not save them (and neither will browsers) and the cookies.txt file will be empty. In that case use
--keep-session-cookies along with
--save-cookies to force saving of session cookies.