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Re: yahoo wants to save cookies at /

Derrick 'dman' Hudson wrote:

On Thu, Oct 02, 2003 at 05:35:11PM +0300, Alphonse Ogulla wrote:
| Unable to open mail.yahoo.com in konqueror as non root for the simple fact | that yahoo wants to dump some cookies at / (root) directory for which I have | no permissions. Anybody experience this strange behaviour?

What makes you think konqueror is trying to save data in /?

Maybe you are getting an error because you have cookies disabled? Go into settings -> configure konqueror; cookies. See if enable cookies is checked and if it is, make sure yahoo.com isn't set with a reject policy in the domain specific policy area.

I can see how this could be confusing if you didn't have the knowledge of how cookies work (which Derrick explains below) and you know that your filesystem root '/' is off limits to your user. Fortunatly the browser only writes into your home directory or possibly /tmp.

If you're looking at the "Path" (as mozilla calls it) in the "Cookie
Details" dialog, that has no relevance to your local file system.  It
is the base path of URLs at that site for which the cookie will be
returned.  For example, if I browse to http://mail.yahoo.com/ and the
server requests setting a cookie with path "/", then when I browse to
http://mail.yahoo.com/foo, the browser will supply the cookie back to
the server because /foo is under /.



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