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How-To: Fetch your cookies for iSiloX
#1  Alexander Turcic 01-31-2003, 03:36 AM
Due popular demand....

This is how I do it. Example is the NYTimes site which requires an access password. Screenshots are attached.

1) Download Mozilla Phoenix. I use it instead of Internet Explorer because Mozilla displays the cookies in the same format like iSiloX.

2) Install Phoenix and start it. In it, open the NY Times site. There, click on the LogIn link. Enter your login information and make sure that " Remember my Member ID and password on this computer" is checked (otherwise no cookie information is saved). Log in.

3) Now go to Menu:Tools:Preferences and from there go to the Privacy tab. Open the cookie manager. See all the cookies whose "site" is "nytimes.com":
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nytimes.com spopunder
nytimes.com tpopunder
nytimes.com RMID
nytimes.com NYT_GR
nytimes.com NYT-S
nytimes.com RDB
nytimes.com nvt-d
Keep the cookie manager open for a while. We will need it later in step 4.

Not all of these cookies are used to store your password. Some are used for tracking and advertisement purposes - we don't want these. How do I know which cookies are needed? What I usually do is to add *all* cookies of a particular site to iSiloX, and then delete one after the other, each time doing a new hotsync to see that the required cookies are still there. If the hotsync fails (prompt for login screen is displayed again), I know that I deleted one of the required cookies - so I put it back to iSiloX. I end up with only two nytimes.com cookies that are required for the password authentication:

nytimes.com NYT-S
nytimes.com RMID

Well, you might ask how to add cookies in general to iSiloX. Read on.

4. So you want to add the two cookies to iSiloX. Open iSiloX, create a new channel and go to the cookies tab. Make sure you check both permissions, send cookie and receive cookie. Then click on "Add Cookie..." With the Phoenix Cookie Manager still open, go to the first required cookie, nytimes.com NYT-S. Copy the information there to your iSiloX Cookie entries (field "information" in Phoenix corresponds to field "value" in iSiloX). Do the same thing for the second require cookie, nytimes.com RMID. See attached screendumps for examples.

Thats it. Do it a few times and it will go all automatically.

#2  Alexander Turcic 01-31-2003, 03:37 AM
Screendump 1:
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#3  Alexander Turcic 01-31-2003, 03:37 AM
Screendump 2:
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#4  Alexander Turcic 01-31-2003, 03:37 AM
Screendump 3:
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#5  Alexander Turcic 01-31-2003, 03:38 AM
Screendump 4:
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#6  sUnShInE 01-31-2003, 05:59 AM
Awesome.


I've been meaning to get Mozilla anyway, so this was great incentive.



You rule.



#7  wade 02-03-2003, 04:42 PM
Dude, u Rock! Fascinating.

For those who dont want to d/l mozilla (in this instance) since you know which cookies you need, go to your cookies directory in documents & settings find the NYTimes cookie file (mine's called microsoft user@nytimes[2].txt) and open it in notepad. The values are seperated by a black squares. The fiirst value after the cookie name is the value you need. Remainder of instructions above.

#8  javabird 04-26-2003, 11:33 AM
Thanks for this info!

For those on a Mac, you can use Camino. With a text editor, open the cookies.txt doc (in the username/Library/Application Support/Chimera folder). The cookie name is 2nd from the end and the value name is the last item.

It's easier to find the cookie name using Safari (in Security Preferences). If it's a long value, you can copy and paste it into iSiloX from Camino's text file.

#9  BasilC 05-05-2003, 07:23 PM
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Originally posted by wade
:go to your cookies directory in documents & settings find the NYTimes cookie file (mine's called microsoft user@nytimes[2].txt) and open it in notepad. The values are seperated by a black squares. The fiirst value after the cookie name is the value you need. Remainder of instructions above.
Fine, I've done that, but I'm mystified by what to put after the "/" in the "Path" box. All the cookies that I've looked at have one of the field separator boxes that wade refers to.

Also, how do I find the expiry date and time, if there is one (without using Mozilla)?

#10  Alexander Turcic 05-06-2003, 03:23 AM
Usually expiration you can leave on "never" - and Path leave on "/" (without the quotes). Basically,

Name
Value
Expires (on never)
Path ("/")
Domain

are of importance.

And don't forget later to check the Send and Receive cookie entries.

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