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#1 Guest_MasterCJ_*

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Posted 02 July 2006 - 06:08 AM

Hello PHP freaks,

I'm working on a php project and have run into some difficulty getting my post submission request to be recogonized by the target
website. In this case the website is:

http://www.eslteache...index.pl?form=0

(NOTE: I have recieved premission to post to the website via a program)

The form to be posted to is: (Apologies for the compressed nature of the code - i did not want to alter it's original state)

<FORM ENCTYPE="multipart/form-data" METHOD=POST  ACTION="http://www.eslteachersboard.com/cgi-bin/esljobs/index.pl?post" NAME="message" TARGET="_self">
&nbsp;<CENTER>
<TABLE BORDER=0 CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=4 BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF">

<TR><TD></TD></TR>
</TABLE>
<TABLE BORDER=0 CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=4 BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><TR>
<TH COLSPAN=2><FONT FACE="Arial"><BIG><big><b>Post ESL job in Korea</b></big>
<br><br><FONT COLOR="#FF0000">Requirements:<BR></b><small><small>
Welcome Korean schools and recruiters!<br>
Please support the high quality of contents and of traffic of this board by posting<br>
detailed INDIVIDUAL job offers, including the following 7 items for <U>EACH JOB</U>:<br><P ALIGN=LEFT>
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1. City where the job is located (no &quot;All over Korea&quot;)<br>

&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2. SALARY<br>
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3. Start date<br>
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 4. Work schedule<br>
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 5. Students level<br>
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 6. Airfare/Accommodations and<br>
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7. Your requirements.<br></P ALIGN=LEFT>

RECRUITERS: Please do not post general statements about <br>your firm or generic descriptions of your pool of job offers.<br>
Sorry, but postings that do not comply will be deleted.<br>Thank you for your collaboration and best of luck.</font></small></small><br><br>
</BIG></FONT></TH></TR><TR><TD COLSPAN=2><FONT FACE="Arial"></FONT></TD></TR><TR>
<TH ALIGN=RIGHT><FONT FACE="Arial"><SMALL>School/recruiter <br>name (required):</FONT></TH><TD><FONT FACE="Courier"><INPUT TYPE=TEXT NAME="name" SIZE=40 MAXLENGTH=75></FONT></TD></TR><TR>
<TH ALIGN=RIGHT><FONT FACE="Arial"><SMALL>E-mail address <br>(required):</FONT></TH><TD><FONT FACE="Courier"><INPUT TYPE=TEXT NAME="email" SIZE=40 MAXLENGTH=100></FONT></TD></TR><TR>
<TH ALIGN=RIGHT><FONT FACE="Arial"><SMALL>City where the school<br>is located (required):</FONT></TH><TD><FONT FACE="Courier"><INPUT TYPE=TEXT NAME="subject" SIZE=40 MAXLENGTH=75></FONT></TD></TR><TR>
<TD COLSPAN=2 ALIGN=CENTER><FONT FACE="Arial"><STRONG></STRONG></FONT>

<BR><FONT FACE="Courier"><TEXTAREA COLS=80 ROWS=20 NAME="body" WRAP=VIRTUAL></TEXTAREA></FONT></TD></TR><TR>
<TD COLSPAN=2 ALIGN=CENTER><FONT FACE="Arial"></FONT></TD></TR><TR>
<TH ALIGN=RIGHT><FONT FACE="Arial"><SMALL>Optional Link URL:</FONT></TH><TD><FONT FACE="Courier"><INPUT TYPE=TEXT NAME="url" SIZE=40 MAXLENGTH=250 VALUE="http://"></FONT></TD></TR><TR>
<TH ALIGN=RIGHT><FONT FACE="Arial"><SMALL>Link Title:</FONT></TH><TD><FONT FACE="Courier"><INPUT TYPE=TEXT NAME="url_title" SIZE=40 MAXLENGTH=75></FONT></TD></TR><TR>
<TD COLSPAN=2 ALIGN=CENTER><FONT FACE="Arial"></FONT></TD></TR><TR>
<TH ALIGN=RIGHT><FONT FACE="Arial"></FONT></TH><TD><FONT FACE="Courier"><INPUT TYPE=TEXT NAME="imageurl" SIZE=40 MAXLENGTH=250 VALUE="Use the box below to upload a picture"></FONT></TD></TR><TR>
<TH ALIGN=RIGHT><FONT FACE="Arial"><SMALL>Optional Graphic Upload:</FONT></TH><TD><FONT FACE="Courier"><INPUT TYPE=FILE NAME="postgraphic" SIZE=40></FONT></TD></TR><TR>
<TD COLSPAN=2 ALIGN=CENTER><FONT FACE="Arial"><STRONG><FONT COLOR="#FF0000"><SMALL>
To include a picture, click on the 'Browse' button above and upload one<br>
JPG/GIF from your computer, MAXIMUM 120KB and 500 x 500. <big>NO LOGOS</big>, please. 
</font>

<br><br>If you'd like to have the option of deleting your post later,<BR>please provide a 
password (CASE SENSITIVE!):</SMALL></STRONG></FONT></TD></TR><TR>
<TH ALIGN=RIGHT><FONT FACE="Arial"><SMALL>Password:</FONT></TH><TD><FONT FACE="Courier"><INPUT TYPE=PASSWORD NAME="password" SIZE=40></FONT></TD></TR><TR>
<TH ALIGN=RIGHT><FONT FACE="Arial"><SMALL>Save Password:</FONT></TH><TD><FONT FACE="Arial"><INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME="CookiePW" VALUE="Yes"> Yes <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME="CookiePW" VALUE="No"> No</FONT></TD></TR><TR>
<TD COLSPAN=2><FONT FACE="Arial"><HR WIDTH=75% NOSHADE></FONT></TD></TR><TR>
<TD COLSPAN=2 ALIGN=CENTER><FONT FACE="Arial"><INPUT TYPE=SUBMIT NAME="Preview" VALUE="Preview your Job Offer">&nbsp;<INPUT TYPE=SUBMIT NAME="Post" VALUE="Post your Job Offer"></FONT></TD></TR></TABLE></CENTER></FORM>


My post submission code:

<?php
error_reporting(E_ALL);

  /* VARIABLES */
  $false=0; //FALSE
  $true=1;  //TRUE
   
  $temp=-1;  //temp
  //UNTESTED...  
  //$i=0; 

  /* CONNECT TO DATABASE */
  $host="****";
  $uname="****";
  $pass="****;
  $database="****";
  $tablename="mark";
  $connection= mysql_connect($host,$uname,$pass);
  
  if(!$connection)
  {
    die("Database connection failed ! <br>");
  }
  else
  {
    echo "logged into MySQL Server ", $host, " successfully.<br>";
  }

  $result=mysql_select_db($database);
  if (!$result)
  {
    die("Database could not be selected");
  }
  else
  {
    echo "Database ", $database, " ready to be used.<br><br>";
  }


  /* USER clicked remove button */
  if($_POST['submit'])
  {
    /* User did NOT eneter a job id */
    if(!$jobid)
    {
      printf("you must enter a valid job id number from the database cletus!");
    }
 
    /*user entered a job id number */
    else
    { 
       $query="SELECT jobid FROM mark";
       $result=mysql_query($query);  

       while ($row = mysql_fetch_object($result))
       {
          if($row->jobid == $jobid)
          {
            $temp=$true; 
           }
       }//while
   
       /* MAIN LOOP */
       if($temp == $true){
         printf("Job ID valid.");
       
         /* MARKS ESL JOB BOARD */
         if($marks)
         {
           printf("You checked MARKS ESL");
          
           /* Retrieve data from DB */
           $query="SELECT * FROM mark WHERE jobid = $jobid";
           $result=mysql_query($query);  

           printf("Job Preview:");
           echo "<br>--------------------------------<br>";
           $id=mysql_result($result,$i,"jobid");
           $name=mysql_result($result,$i,"company");
           $email=mysql_result($result,$i,"email");
           $location=mysql_result($result, $i, "location");
           $desc=mysql_result($result,$i,"description");
           $url=mysql_result($result,$i, "url");
           $post="Post your Job Offer";
           $reffer = "http://www.eslteachersboard.com/cgi-bin/esljobs/index.pl?form=0";
           echo "<br>$id<br>$name<br>$email<br>$location<br>$desc<br>$url<br>";

           /* Post data to website */
           $ch = curl_init();
           curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, 0); //follow any redirects
           curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, "http://www.eslteachersboard.com/cgi-bin/esljobs/index.pl?post");
           curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 0); //print response page
           /* REFFER TEST */
           curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_REFERER, $reffer);         
           curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
           curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, "Post=$post&name=$name&email=$email&subject=$location&body=$desc&url=$url");
           $data=curl_exec ($ch);
           $c_error = curl_error($ch);
           $c_info = curl_getinfo($ch);
           curl_close ($ch);

           /* Print report/email report */
           echo"<br> Completed CURL <br><br>";
           //echo $data;
           echo"<br><br>";
           echo 'err '.$c_error;
           echo"<br><br>";
           echo "url ".$c_info["url"]."<br>";
           echo"<br><br>";           
           //print_r($_POST);

         }//marks esl
         if($greenpeppers)
         {
           printf("You checked GP");
         }
         if($onions)
         {
           printf("You checked Onions");
         }
         if($olives)
         {
           printf("You checked Olives");
         }
         if(!$marks && !$greenpeppers && !$onions  && !$olives)
         {
           printf("You didn't check any websites to submit to cletus!");
         }  
       }//if ($temp == true)

    }//else

  }//submit


The target website reports the following error's:

  - Incomplete Submission!
  - "Your message is incomplete! Your enthusiasm is appreciated, but you need to make sure that you include at least your name and a subject line! Please return to the entry form and try again. Thanks!"


I would speculate the submission data has not been recieved, but as
a new php programmer I am unsure of what the real problem is:

- a ENCTYPE="multipart/form-data" issue
- a incorrect post submission statement ( curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS,...);
- i'm missing something about php/curl


Things I have tested (using Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.12) Gecko/20050915 Firefox/1.0.7):

- submitted to the site manually (It works!)
- disabled cookies and attempted to post manually(the target website doesn't enforce cookies)
- verified submission was done (i don't trust no one and it worked)
- created a php file which accepted postings to it, and then SQLed the data into a DB (using the above php code)
- enabled error checking (no errors)
- drank a cup of green tea, and thought really long and hard about what i could do, and experiemented with
  many curl_setopt's (to no avail)


To clarify:

- My submission code is not working! The website does not seem to recieve the post submission data. I am posting to http://www.eslteache.../index.pl?post.
- I am new at PHP, and have hit a deadend. This code has not been changed to any affect for the last 4 days of reading/experiementing... help!


Thanks in advance.


#2 MasterCJ

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 12:16 AM

I am still confounded as to the issue causing my problem. I am new to PHP and need help, please!

Thanks Freaks

#3 sprinkles

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 12:21 AM

If you can (with a Firefox extension), look at the headers after you've submitted the form to see if the problem lies in the form, or the php.




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