HOWTO Let Rails login into another website

Hi guys,

I use Nokogiri to fetch some HTML pages and scrape it in the background.
So far it works fine. But now I have to login to view some other pages
in the background. How can I login in the background to fetch some HTML?
In other words how can I login in the background using Rails?

Note that I'm not talking about some login form or something.

Hi!

I don’t know if I understood you well, but take a lookt at mechanize:

http://railscasts.com/episodes/191-mechanize

Regards,

Everaldo

Mechanize looks good, I'll definitely give it a try.

Where I'm basically searching for is a gem or library that can store a
session / cookie, so Rails can login on a website in the background.

Anyone who know if there are other options besides mechanize?

Jeroen van Ingen wrote in post #1031839:

Mechanize looks good, I'll definitely give it a try.

Where I'm basically searching for is a gem or library that can store a
session / cookie, so Rails can login on a website in the background.

Anyone who know if there are other options besides mechanize?

Hi Jeroen:

It seems you're talking about two separate things:
(a) a mechanism to log in and scrape pages
(b) a mechanism to run a task in the background

For (a) I use Mechanize for logging in and page scraping -- that's what
it's designed for. For (b), I use DelayedJob. I've had no problem
running a Mechanize task in the background using DelayedJob.

- ff