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I'm trying to create a bookmarklet for posting bookmarks to a separate account.

I tested it from the command line like:

wget -O - --no-check-certificate \

This works great.

I then wanted to create a bookmarklet in my firefox. I googled and found bits and pieces and ended up with:


But all that happens is that I get this from

<?xml version="1.0" standalone="yes"?>
<result code="access denied" />
<!-- uncompressed/chunked Thu Aug  7 02:02:54 PDT 2008 -->  

If I then go to the address bar and press enter, it changes to:

<?xml version='1.0' standalone='yes'?>
<result code="done" />
<!-- uncompressed/chunked Thu Aug  7 02:07:45 PDT 2008 -->

Any ideas how to get it to work directly from the bookmarks?

4 answers given for "Http Auth in a Firefox 3 bookmarklet"

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Can you sniff the traffic to find what's actually being sent? Is it sending any auth data at all and it's incorrect or being presented in a form the server doesn't like, or is it never being sent by firefox at all?

@travis Looks very nice! I will sure take a look into it. I can think of several places I can use that

I never got round to sniff the traffic but found out that a php site on my own server with http-auth worked fine, so i figured it was something with delicious. I then created a php page that does a wget of the delicious api and everything works fine :)

Does calling the method twice work?

Seems to me that your authentication is being approved after the content arrives, so then a second attempt now works because you have the correct cookies.

I'd recommend checking out the iMacros addon for Firefox. I use it to login to a local web server and after logging in, navigate directly to a certain page. The code I have looks like this, but it allows you to record your own macros:

TAG POS=1 TYPE=INPUT:TEXT FORM=NAME:introduce ATTR=NAME:initials CONTENT=username-goes-here
TAG POS=1 TYPE=INPUT:PASSWORD FORM=NAME:introduce ATTR=NAME:password CONTENT=password-goes-here

I middle click on it and it opens a new tab and runs the macro taking me directly to the page I want, logged in with the account I specified.