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[vox-tech] links cookie and referrer patches...

Hi all,

At tonight's meeting, I mentioned that there are patches for the links
text-only browser which both fix problems with redirects and add cookie

Below are two posts to the links mailing list which detail how to apply
the patches to the latest source code release. You can obtain the latest
release (0.96) at http://links.sourceforge.net and the patches at

I found that when applying the referrer-0.96.patch and the
true-referer-0.96.patch, I had to specify patch -p1 < ..., but the cookie
patch works without the -p1 parameter. I sent an email Petr telling him,
and he was puzzled 'cause it works with -p1 on *his* system. Strange.

Don't forget to do "cd intl; ./syncintl" after applying the referrer
patches, otherwise links won't compile.


PS: I find the redirect from https to http to be broken. For example, for
those RedHat users out there, try logging into
http://www.redhat.com/network . The browser just keeps asking to follow a
redirect forever. When you press cancel, the site complains about improper
cookie support. Another example is http://mail.yahoo.com, and click the
"Secure" link. Does anyone out there know why this is happening?

R. Douglas Barbieri
(Please don't laugh at my pathetic first try with the Gimp--go to my
site, and you'll know what I mean...)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2001 20:31:18 +0200
From: pasky@pasky.ji.cz
To: Petr Kulhavy <brain@artax.karlin.mff.cuni.cz>,
  Mikulas Patocka <mikulas@artax.karlin.mff.cuni.cz>
Cc: links-list@appwatch.com
Subject: Re: [links-list] HTTP Referer - patch

  because there are sites, which strictly relies on correct value of
HTTP_REFERER (that means page which referred you there), i decided to
extend the referer patch.
  This patch:
  - adds czech translation for all the options ;-)
  - adds REFERER_TRUE, which adds classic Referer functionality
  - fixes REFERER_SAME_URL so that it returns always an absolute path.
    It breaks nothing and some broken sites rely on it.

  This patch _needs_ the old referer patch to be applied before! You
need to do cd intl; ./syncintl; after applying the patch. If you will
get strange problems during compilation, go into Makefile, find config.status
and $(srcdir)/configure dependencies and remove $(CONFIG_STATUS_DEPENDENCIES)
respectively $(CONFIGURE_DEPENDENCIES) from there.
  This patch was done against links-lua, but should apply to classic links
with some fuzz as well hopefully.

  Both old and new patches may be found at http://pasky.ji.cz/~pasky/dev/links

  Good luck! :)

Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2001 07:25:43 +0200
From: Petr Baudis <pasky@pasky.ji.cz>
To: links-list@appwatch.com
Subject: [links-list] [PATCH] Cookies expiration and saving


  I wrote two simple patches for cookies. First one adds support for
expiration, the second one adds support for saving of cookies (it needs
the first one to be applied previously).

  Both patches are available at http://pasky.ji.cz/~pasky/dev/links/


Petr "Pasky" Baudis

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