[wp-hackers] wp_remote_request not telling me the 301'd URL

Scott Kingsley Clark scott at skcdev.com
Mon Feb 28 23:22:42 UTC 2011

Actually, this is in regards to a plugin I'm currently developing. It's in 
Beta right now but it's available on WP.org. It's called Search Engine and 
it's like a mini-Google on your site. It spiders your site (or other sites 
too) and indexes content into the DB.


<http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/search-engine/>The use-case is that I 
want to be able to tell whether a page that's linked to on a site, is really 
redirected elsewhere. Right now, since I switched to wp_remote_request, I 
only get the content of the final destination page, without any knowledge of 
the path it's taken. So the best my script (or any script) can tell is that 
when you get content using wp_remote_request and it's redirected, there page 
exists at the URL requested -- oblivious to the real redirect happening. 
Previously I was using a home-brewed version similar 
to wp_remote_request but calling cURL and others manually).

So it looks like right now I'll need to do a little extra code to make my 
own wp_remote_request like function which does both the 301/302 redirect 
headers check and the body content return.


On Monday, February 28, 2011 5:11:22 PM UTC-6, Dion Hulse (dd32) wrote:
> 2 separate requests will be 2 separate requests.
> What's the use-case you're working on here?
> Personally, I'd do a normal fetch, followed by a head if it was a
> exceeded-redirects error if you want the body, otherwise, the url..
> But i cant think of a case where you'd want one or the other..
> On 1 March 2011 04:06, Scott Kingsley Clark <sc... at skcdev.com> wrote:
> > Not sure if anyone knows this, but does the page get loaded twice or is 
> the
> > second time getting loaded from some sort of cache? I'm specifically
> > calling
> > to the idea of using wp_remote_head on a URL to check for a redirect, and
> > then using wp_remote_request on the same URL to get the content / etc.
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