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From Luca Passani <>
Subject HttpClient and User Agent string
Date Thu, 19 May 2005 22:32:56 GMT

the archives contain traces of a HttpClient specific dev mailing list, 
but it does not seem to exist anymore, so I wonder if this is the right 
place to ask.

I need to build some HTTP utilities. Jakarta HttpClient seemed
to do the job apparently, but I can't find a way to change the
user-agent header!!!

reading the JavaDocs I got as far as:

getmethod = new GetMethod(url_to_get);
Header ua = new Header("User-Agent","Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac 
OS X; en)");
getmethod.USER_AGENT = ua;

Alas, for reasons I can't understand, this is not permitted:

    [javac] USER_AGENT has protected access 
in org.apache.commons.httpclient.HttpMethodBase
    [javac]         getmethod.USER_AGENT = ua;
    [javac]                      ^
    [javac] 1 error

what am I missing?



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