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From "Manni Wood" <>
Subject RE: mod_usertrack bugfix patch
Date Tue, 25 Feb 2003 22:13:18 GMT

Interesting you should mention this. An older version of the patch I wrote (I've been working
on the problem off an on for over a year) did what you said: loop over the delimiters and
parse each name=value pair into an apache table. Then, I asked the apache table if the cookie
was present. (These older patches are linked to from,
at the bottom of the page.)

What I could do is use the code I wrote to parse the cookie header into the apache table,
but make two improvements:

1. Use both ';' and ',' as delimitors, and
2. Stop processing the cookie header as soon as I find the tracking cookie, and don't bother
putting the cookies into an ap_table at all.

Does this sound like the best approach to you? It wouldn't take me very long to code.


Manni Wood, Programmer, Digitas
800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02199
617 867 1881

"Most men would rather die than think. Many do."    --Bertrand Russell

-----Original Message-----
From: Cliff Woolley []
Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2003 5:00 PM
Subject: RE: mod_usertrack bugfix patch

On Tue, 25 Feb 2003, Manni Wood wrote:

> So does this mean that you now agree that I should be using a regexp to
> find the cookie? I think that's what you mean.

I'm still unclear why this requires a full-blown regex.  Isn't all we
really need to do to loop over the delimiters (semicolon and comma),
remove whitespace, and then see if the next word (characters up to
whitespace or an equal) matches the cookie name using strcmp()?


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