403 forbidden with lynx www browser

Sylvain BERTRAND sylvain.bertrand at gmail.com
Sun Nov 22 23:23:20 UTC 2015

On Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 05:25:11PM +0000, Francis Daly wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 03:05:25PM +1100, Sylvain BERTRAND wrote:
> > On many nginx powered web sites, I must not send the user agent or I'll get a
> > 403 forbidden.
> The administrators of those web sites do not want you as a customer.
> Probably they have configured their servers to deny any request that
> includes "libwww" in the User-Agent.

I'm about to block sending the user agent for good and all www sites.
(or I will send a custom one).

On Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 05:25:11PM +0000, Francis Daly wrote:
> You could contact them and ask them to allow your preferred user-agent;
> you could adjust your user-agent string so that it does not match their
> presumed block list until they change it; or you could not visit those
> sites and encourage others not to visit them too.
> If you tell them why you are not visiting their sites, maybe they will
> change their configuration to welcome you.
> But unless the nginx.org (or possibly nginx.com) web sites are among
> the sites that block you, there's probably not much that readers of this
> list can do about it.

That's why I'm posting here: *Only nginx* www sites does block lynx. Something
is not right there: a default aggressive blocking policy from nginx?


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