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Old 05-22-2005, 03:15 AM   #1
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form action ="?" ... where is my form posting to?

I am trying to submit a form automatically with a cURL script i have configured, but i dont know what my CURLOPT_URL should be?

I dont know where the action page is because the only thing there is a '?'.

PHP Code:
<"form action="?" method="POST"> 
Is anyone familiar with this type of thing?

In the attempt to find where the variables are posted to, i have looked in other pages downloaded with the software for a list of the variables. No Luck, i only found one page that makes them into an array:

PHP Code:
    $res = array();
$res['database'] =
'title'       => INSTALL_CAT_DB,
'description' => INSTALL_CAT_DB_DESC,
'items' => array(array('var'         => 'dbType',
'title'       => INSTALL_DBTYPE,
'description' => INSTALL_DBTYPE_DESC,
'type'        => 'list',
'default'     => 'mysql',
'flags'       => array('nosave''simpleInstall''probeDefault')),

'var'         => 'dbHost',
'title'       => INSTALL_DBHOST,
'description' => INSTALL_DBHOST_DESC,
'type'        => 'string',
'default'     => 'localhost',
'flags'       => array('nosave''simpleInstall')),

'var'         => 'dbUser',
'title'       => INSTALL_DBUSER,
'description' => INSTALL_DBUSER_DESC,
'type'        => 'string',
'default'     => 'mem',
'flags'       => array('nosave''simpleInstall')),

'var'         => 'dbPass',
'title'       => INSTALL_DBPASS,
'description' => INSTALL_DBPASS_DESC,
'type'        => 'protected',
'default'     => '',
'flags'       => array('nosave''hideValue''simpleInstall')), 
any idea where they variables [dbType, dbName etc] are posted to so i can set the CURLOPT_URL ?

Last edited by verbatim; 05-22-2005 at 03:16 AM.
Old 05-22-2005, 04:41 AM   #2
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if no page is specified, the same page is the target. the "?" there is as in "something.html?var1=abc&var2=xyz" and won't have any effect as there are no params. the whole tag could just not be there.
Old 05-23-2005, 06:55 PM   #3
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thanks, knowing that the "?" means the php script action is back to the same script/page.

I would think this would solve my puzzle, it does not.

The puzzle: try to submit info to a form using cURL.

The puzzle variables:

1. the url of the form:[step]=2b

2. actual code of the page:

require_once 'sy/sy_admin.php';

note: sy/sy_admin.php is in my home directory. /home/sy/sy_admin.php

3. critical code of sy/sy_admin.php : [i think, may not be important]
PHP Code:

if (
IS_installed === false) {
S9Y_INCLUDE_PATH 'include/');
S9Y_INCLUDE_PATH 'include/';
$css_file 'sy.css.php?sy[css_mode]=sy_admin.css';
} else {
$css_file sy_rewriteURL('sy_admin.css');
title><?php echo sy_ADMIN_SUITE?></title>
        <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=<?php echo LANG_CHARSET?>" />
        <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="<?php echo $css_file?>" />
        <script type="text/javascript">
        function spawn() {
            if (self.Spawnextended) {

            if (self.Spawnbody) {

            if (self.Spawnnugget) {
        function SetCookie(name, value) {
            var today  = new Date();
            var expire = new Date();
            expire.setTime(today.getTime() + (60*60*24*30));
            document.cookie = 'sy[' + name + ']='+escape(value) + ';expires=' + expire.toGMTString();
    <body id="sy_admin_page" onload="spawn()">   

if (!isset($sy['syPath']) || IS_installed === false || IS_up2date === false ) {
    if (
IS_installed === false) {
$file 'include/admin/';
    } elseif ( 
IS_up2date === false ) {
$file 'include/admin/';
    } else {
$file ''// For register_global, safety
Now one of the functions in is to print the form template.

This may all be irrelevant in what i am trying to do, if so please let me know.

My current curl attempt is:

PHP Code:

= array( 
'dbType' => 'mysql',
'dbHost' => 'localhost',
'dbUser' => 'mem',
'dbPass' => 'letmein',
'dbName' => 'mem_com_-_sy',
'dbPrefix' => 'mel_',
'dbPersistent' => 'false',
'syPath' => '/var/www/html/userz/mel/',
'uploadPath' => 'uploads/',
'syHTTPPath' => '/userz/mel/',
'templatePath' => 'templates/',
'uploadHTTPPath' => 'uploads/',
'baseURL' => '',
'autodetect_baseURL' => 'false',  //dont know if true should have quotes around it it doesnt in config file
'indexFile' => 'index.php',
'user' => 'mel',
'pass' => 'thanks',
'realname' => 'mel',  //should get from signup p h p
'email' => '',  //should get from signup p h p
'want_mail' => 'true',  //dont know if true should have quotes around it it doesnt in config file
'allowSubscriptions' => 'true',  //dont know if true should have quotes around it it doesnt in config file
'blogTitle' => 'John Does personal blog',
'blogDescription' => 'My little place on the web...',
'lang' => '',  //dont know if true should have quotes around it it doesnt in config file
'lang_content_negotiation' => 'false',  //dont know if true should have quotes around it it doesnt in config file
'fetchLimit' => '15',  //dont know if true should have quotes around it it doesnt in config file
'useGzip' => 'true',  //dont know if true should have quotes around it it doesnt in config file
'wysiwyg' => 'false',  //dont know if true should have quotes around it it doesnt in config file
'XHTML11' => 'false',  //dont know if true should have quotes around it it doesnt in config file
'enablePopup' => 'false',  //dont know if true should have quotes around it it doesnt in config file
'embed' => 'false',
'top_as_links' => 'false',   //dont know if true should have quotes around it it doesnt in config file
'blockReferer' => ',',
'rewrite' => 'array()',  //dont know if true should have quotes around it it doesnt in config file
'serverOffsetHours' => '0',  //dont know if true should have quotes around it it doesnt in config file
'showFutureEntries' => 'false',  //dont know if true should have quotes around it it doesnt in config file
'magick' => 'false',  //dont know if true should have quotes around it it doesnt in config file
'convert' => '/usr/local/bin/convert',
'thumbSuffix' => 'syThumb',
'thumbSize' => '110',  //dont know if true should have quotes around it it doesnt in config file
//    This section constructs the field/value pairs of the form
//    field1=value1&field2=value2&field3=value3
$data_string '';
$add_ampersand FALSE;
foreach (
$my_data as $key => $value)
    if (
$data_string .= '&';
$data_string .= $key '=' $value;
$add_ampersand TRUE;

//    Get a CURL handle
$curl_handle curl_init ();


curl_setopt($curl_handleCURLOPT_USERAGENT'Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)');
curl_setopt ($curl_handleCURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER1);
$result=curl_exec ($curl_handle);
curl_close ($curl_handle);

$cookiejar "";
foreach (
$matches[0] as $cookie) {
$cookiejar .= str_replace("Set-Cookie: """$cookie).' ';

$nexturl str_replace("\r"""str_replace("\n"""str_replace("Location: """$matches[0])));

// the 3 lines below were jst 4 test purposes to make sure the variables were getting set
print $cookie;    // ex result: Set-Cookie: PHPSESSID=dcd730a95f8b428f7dbd9fc1e6687d1a
print $nexturl;   // < got no result
print $cookiejar// ex result PHPSESSID=dcd730a95f8b428f7dbd9fc1e6687d1a

//    Get a CURL handle
$curl_handle curl_init ();
curl_setopt($curl_handleCURLOPT_USERAGENT'Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)');
curl_setopt ($curl_handleCURLOPT_POST1);
curl_setopt ($curl_handleCURLOPT_POSTFIELDS$data_string);
$result=curl_exec ($curl_handle);
curl_close ($curl_handle);

//    Process the return
print $result;
I notice that the initial form page is:[step]=2b
and after filling out the form the normal way


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