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bug #47635: Octave fetches http urls without a User-Agent header

Submitter:  Mike Miller <mtmiller>
Submitted:  Thu 07 Apr 2016 02:19:55 AM UTC
Category:  Octave Function Severity:  1 - Wish
Priority:  1 - Later Item Group:  Feature Request
Status:  Postponed Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  Open/Closed:  * Open
Release:  * dev Operating System:  * Any
Fixed Release:  None Planned Release:  None
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Fri 08 Apr 2016 12:51:28 AM UTC, comment #2: 

The Matlab docs show that urlread and urlwrite accept keyword/option arguments to specify things like UserAgent so to be compatible, Octave should do the same.

John W. Eaton <jwe>
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Thu 07 Apr 2016 06:31:25 PM UTC, comment #1: 

I'm attaching a preliminary partial solution.  Things that still need to be done:

  • set default from version and config info (need to move some config and version info to liboctave from libinterp; see bug #45659)
  • provide way to change user agent string from Octave scripting language (separate function or option for urlread/urlwrite?).

(file #36858)

John W. Eaton <jwe>
Group administrator
Thu 07 Apr 2016 02:19:55 AM UTC, original submission:  

Octave should set its own User-Agent string in all outgoing http requests. Ideally this could be configurable by the user, but there should be a default. As it is now it is unset, which means no User-Agent header is sent.

The default should indicate that GNU Octave is the client, which version, and what operating system it is running on.

This should apply to both the url_transfer class (used by the GUI) as well as the urlread and urlwrite command-line functions.

This would be a nice small self-contained project for a new contributor to work on.

Mike Miller <mtmiller>
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