This is posted in 1996:
From: Lawrence Page
I have a web robot which is a Java app. I need to be able to set the User-Agent field in the HTTP header in order to be a good net citizen (so people know who is accessing their server). Anyone have any ideas?
Right now, Java sends a request that includes something like:
I’d rather not rewrite all the HTTP stuff myself. I tried just searching in the JDK for the Java/1.0beta2 figuring I could just change the string, but I couldn’t find it. Perhaps it is stored as a unicode string?
An easy method of setting the User-Agent field should probably be added to Java, so people can properly identify their programs.
Thanks, Larry Page
A web robot? Guess what is it?