[R] modifying user agent strings in http requests

Mike Marchywka marchywka at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 27 13:48:28 CET 2010

> From: soumendra at gmail.com
> Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2010 11:17:49 +0530
> To: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: [R] modifying user agent strings in http requests
> Hi all.
> How does one change user agent strings in http requests made in R? And
> how do I figure out what my current user agent string looks like?

this was the first google hit on RCurl, 


and just skimming it it does seem to have quite a bit of html scraping stuff
( not that you probably care but data "acquistion" has come up here before).
Generally for confirmation, I don't know if Rcurl lets you get as well as set UA,
I just point the request to a local echo socket ( this can be done in any lanaguage,
I think I happen to have one in perl) and have all the headers print in a different
cygwin window.

> Thanks in advance,
> Soumendra
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