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       Bio::Root::HTTPget - module for fallback HTTP get operations when LWP:: is unavailable


        use Bio::Root::HTTPget;
        my $web = Bio::Root::HTTPget->new();

        my $response = $web->get('http://localhost');
        $response    = $web->get('http://localhost/images');

        $response    = eval { $web->get('http://fred:secret@localhost/ladies_only/')
                            } or warn $@;

        $response    = eval { $web->get('http://jeff:secret@localhost/ladies_only/')
                            } or warn $@;

        $response    = $web->get('http://localhost/images/navauthors.gif');
        $response    = $web->get(-url=>'',


       This is basically an last-chance module for doing network HTTP get requests in situations
       where more advanced external CPAN modules such as LWP:: are not installed.

       The particular reason this module was developed was so that the Open Bio Database Access
       code can fallback to fetching the default registry files from without having to depend on external dependencies like
       Bundle::LWP for network HTTP access.

       The core of this module was written by Lincoln Stein. It can handle proxies and HTTP-based
       proxy authentication.


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       The rest of the documentation details each of the object methods. Internal methods are
       usually preceded with a _

        Title   : get
        Usage   : my $resp = get(-url => $url);
        Returns : string
        Args    : -url     => URL to HTTPGet
                  -proxy   => proxy to use
                  -user    => username for proxy or authentication
                  -pass    => password for proxy or authentication
                  -timeout => timeout

        Title   : getFH
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        Title   : proxy
        Usage   : $httpproxy = $db->proxy('http')  or
                  $db->proxy(['http','ftp'], 'http://myproxy' )
        Function: Get/Set a proxy for use of proxy. Defaults to environment variable
                  http_proxy if present.
        Returns : a string indicating the proxy
        Args    : $protocol : string for the protocol to set/get
                  $proxyurl : url of the proxy to use for the specified protocol
                  $username : username (if proxy requires authentication)
                  $password : password (if proxy requires authentication)

        Title   : clear_proxy
        Usage   : my $old_prozy = $db->clear_proxy('http')
        Function: Unsets (clears) the proxy for the protocol indicated
        Returns : a string indicating the old proxy value
        Args    : $protocol : string for the protocol to clear

        Title   : authentication
        Usage   : $db->authentication($user,$pass)
        Function: Get/Set authentication credentials
        Returns : Array of user/pass
        Args    : Array or user/pass