Re: Host

"Daniel Pitts" <>
4 Jan 2007 11:57:48 -0800
ck wrote:

Daniel Pitts wrote:

John Ersatznom wrote:

ck wrote:

The catch I was talking about is the need to start the server every 6
hours for free accounts on eatj.

Seems pointless. Especially as anyone with even a tiny bit of real
wizardry can quickly knock up a scraper and a cron job to run on their
own PC to automate it.

I was thinking the same thing.
It would still be a PITA though.

I don't know anything about cron daemon and how it works, but can a
cron daemon fix this issue of logging in to the server and restarting
the app(I believe the server checks from which url request is getting
generated. That should be quite an easy way to make sure that the
request are not automated. I might be wrong, but thats what I think
If I am wrong could you give an idea how to do that? I tried doing this
using javascript which refreshes after every 20 minutes but that failed
By the way I did try using commons httpclient to do the same thing. But
that was no good either.


cron just allows you to schedule a program/script run.

As for urls and referers, those are all set by the client. You can set
the referer URL to however you want. Referer is nothing more than a
header set by the User-Agent. I've had to write a program that
pretended to be Mozilla, logged into a web site (saving cookies), and
did some things, and then logged off. It had to be indistinguishible
from a regular user.

It wasn't too hard to do :-)

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