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login.bml [Oct. 25th, 2004|05:31 pm]
LiveJournal Client Discussions


For my client, I need (among other things) to be able to read protected post in other journal than mine (i.e. friend of mine made a specific friend-only post visible to me, I want to read it using client). I could not find corresponding XML-RPC method, so I've decided to use simple HTTP.
I did not want to reuse IE/Mozilla browser components, and started simple python script. I found that login.bml sends (md5(chal + md5(password)) as response, username in clear and empty password. So far so good. But I always get "user not found" error, which, I think, returned when there is a spelling error in username. I checked the headers and could not find whats wrong.
Can somebody help me ?

Update: resolved. API supports reading from shared journals. Good enough, at least for now.

From: snej
2004-10-26 12:07 am (UTC)
"it sounds to me like what you're trying to do is basically implement a web browser"

There are advantages to having a special-purpose client for displaying posts. I've done some work along those lines myself. That's not the same as a browser for much the same reason that Outlook (or Apple Mail or Eudora) is not the same as Yahoo Mail.

Using RSS/Atom is probably the best that can be done given the current state of LiveJournal. It's not a real solution, though, as you lose all the LJ-specific metadata like mood/music/usericon/protection.
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