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From Mark Montague <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] disable wget-like user-agents
Date Wed, 05 Jan 2011 03:41:57 GMT
  On January 4, 2011 22:32 , Carlos S <> wrote:
> Recently I was trying to download a package using wget, but the
> website prevented access to it. I tried --user-agent  option but it
> didn't work either. So I was curious to know what strategy this web
> admin must have implemented.

Without an example URL, I can only speculate, but the ideas that come to 
mind first are denying the download unless a cookie is set (you could 
get quite complex with this, such as setting the cookie via JavaScript, 
which wget won't execute), checking the referrer header, or other 
JavaScript based checks.

   Mark Montague

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