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Sep 22, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / How to specify only one country

Greetings,
Yes, and no.

It’s not possible ‘directly’ in the program.

However, if you go to eBay, and use their advanced search forms, it will eventually take you to the first page of your results.

You then copy that URL from the location bar on your browser using right-click copy, or whatever your platform uses to copy something to the clipboard.

Then, in JBidwatcher, bring up the Search Manager. (Click on the binoculars, for example.) There’s a drop-down at the bottom, which you’ll want to change to ‘URL Load’. Then, in the text entry next to it, paste the URL you copied from the location bar.

Click ‘Add’, or ‘Search’ to add it and run it immediately. In the ‘Saved searches’ display will be the search you added, with ‘New Search’ next to it.

You can schedule it, rename it, edit it, and whatever else you’d like to do, now.

That’s the best I can do, short of reimplementing the entire eBay ‘search’ setup functionality.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Sep 21, 2003
Avatar (SF) Paul Gr... 4 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Feature Request - Buy It Now Price

oops , sorry – I would also like to see in status a “accepts paypal” icon.

Thanks again,
P.

 
Sep 21, 2003
Avatar (SF) Paul Gr... 4 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Feature Request - Buy It Now Price

I second the last request for seller rating. I would also like to see the buy it now price – this could be a separate column or next to the BIN logo in the status column.

Thanks!
P.

 
Aug 29, 2003
Avatar (SF) stuart ... 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / How to specify only one country

I only want to see lisitings in the Uk in GBP only. Is this possible?

Stuart

 
Aug 1, 2003
Avatar (SF) Steffen 1 post

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Source Documentation

Is there any source code documentation available? Some documents about concepts to get an overview of the code?

 
Jul 10, 2003
Avatar (SF) Just Ha... 3 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / disjunctive queries

A search like “x5150 -refill” works on Ebay…but I cant seem to get in working in JBidWatcher. I may be doing this wrong. How does one do it?

 
Jul 8, 2003
Avatar (SF) Roger T... 3 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / EBay changes webpages, no fun until ???

Oh, sorry didn’t know that a new version was available until just now, my problems were with the prior release (they were only minor in any case). Trying the new version now.

Time and price tracking are sufficient, my other bidding methods will work fine with that information available.

Ebay’s long term intention is to eliminate programs such as jBidwatcher (they want their own product utilized). But I happened to have successfully dealt with such intentions in the past, theses sorts of page changes will continue to periodically happen, but persevere! Ebay eventually buys whatever it cannot dissuade, e.g. Paypal, Auctionwatch, etc…

 
Jul 7, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / EBay changes webpages, no fun until ???

Greetings,
Okay, unfortunately, while I’ve managed to get the parsing mostly working, bidding (and therefore sniping) has an issue. It works, but it will never recognize that it works when it actually does it.

You’ll regularly get this message:

Bidding apparently failed for an unknown reason. Check the auction in the browser, to see if the bid went through anyway.

The bid will most likely have gone through. The problem is that while eBay was really nice, and provided the &bibo=1 mode for a while, what they didn’t do is treat the buying process the same. The bidding process now goes to a redirect, which brings you back to the original page.

Firstly, I don’t do redirects in the current version, so the text it gets is blank. Secondly, if I tell Java to follow the redirects, it doesnt’ re-send the cookie data to the new page, so it doesn’t load everything the way it should.

Anyhow, snipes and bidding will work, they just won’t SEEM to work for a little bit. I’ll have that fixed in a day or so, and release a 0.9.2, but in the mean time, everything should work, just…it won’t seem to.

sigh

Bear with me folks, this is frustrating for all.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Jul 7, 2003
Avatar (SF) Tim Drury 1 post

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / EBay changes webpages, no fun until ???

0.9.1 worked for me.

 
Jul 7, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / EBay changes webpages, no fun until ???

Greetings,
Eeek! Is the 0.9.1 version failing to load items for you? It’s supposed to handle the new site.

Please give me item numbers, so I can test!

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Jul 7, 2003
Avatar (SF) Roger T... 3 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / EBay changes webpages, no fun until ???

Well, Ebays new webpages break the parser. Pull out your backup snipe techniques, and hourglasses. Chill out, I’m sure Cyberfox will be quick, don’t pester him.

 
Jun 23, 2003
Avatar (SF) Roger T... 3 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Feature Request: Seller rating

In the "SELLER column, could you also display the sellers feedback rating? For instance:

mr.good.box (0)

TIA.

Except for the separate current/complete pages, I find it much better than the current bidwatcher. When bidding at the last minute, it is very helpful to see the past history (i.e. prices) of similar items (in a complete auction of course).

 
Jun 18, 2003
Avatar (SF) Sherman... 3 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / 0.9 - error loading login page

or maybe the problem is that I’m behind an iptables firewall. The firewall allows any connection initiated by me, but would stop a connection initiated by ebay …

 
Jun 18, 2003
Avatar (SF) Sherman... 3 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / 0.9 - error loading login page

I’m afraid that this isn’t the problem. I’ve double checked both the username and password …

Maybe it’s my web borwser, Mozilla?

 
Jun 17, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Icons checked in as NON BINARY

Greetings,
Fixed… I hate that about CVS… I managed to get it right for all the .class files I include, and the logo, and stuff, but I plain forgot for the icons.

Plus fixing it is a pain in the butt, I had to
cvs rm -f *.gif
then copy the images over from another directory, and
cvs add -kb *.gif
then
cvs commit
before it worked.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Jun 17, 2003
Avatar (SF) Ulrich ... 1 post

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Icons checked in as NON BINARY

Hello,
i have checked out the jbidwatcher CVS tree on a windows platform and have found that nearly all images (icons) are destroyed. The reason for this is that they are checked in as NON BINARY, so during checkout the CR/LF tranformation destroyes them. Please could you check them in binary?

Thanks,
Ulrich

 
Jun 12, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / 0.9 - error loading login page

Greetings,

On June 9, eBay changed their login process to require your actual username, instead of just your email address, UNLESS your email address IS your username. If you had set up JBidwatcher with your email address instead of your username, this is exactly the problem that would occur.

I’ll be documenting that, hopefully, in the next version.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Jun 10, 2003
Avatar (SF) Sherman... 3 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / 0.9 - error loading login page

Running 0.9 on Win XP I get the following errors:

Tue Jun 10 09:04:44 GMT-07:00 2003: Error loading page: http://signin.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll
Tue Jun 10 09:04:44 GMT-07:00 2003: Error loading page: http://signin.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll
java.io.IOException: Server returned HTTP response code: 400 for URL: http://signin.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll
at sun.net.www.protocol.http.HttpURLConnection.getInputStream(Unknown Source)
at sun.net.www.protocol.http.HttpURLConnection.getHeaderFieldKey(Unknown Source)
at CookieJar.getAllCookiesFromPage(Unknown Source)
at CookieJar.getAllCookiesAndPage(Unknown Source)
at ebayServer.getSignInCookie(Unknown Source)
at ebayServer.getNecessaryCookie(Unknown Source)
at AuctionServer.getAuction(Unknown Source)
at AuctionServer.loadAuction(Unknown Source)
at AuctionServer.reloadAuction(Unknown Source)
at AuctionEntry.update(Unknown Source)
at Auctions.m8(Unknown Source)
at Auctions.m9(Unknown Source)
at Auctions.check(Unknown Source)
at Auctions.check(Unknown Source)
at AuctionsManager.m1(Unknown Source)
at AuctionsManager.check(Unknown Source)
at TimerHandler.run(Unknown Source)
Tue Jun 10 09:04:44 GMT-07:00 2003: Error loading the eBay sign-in page!

It seems to be able check auctions, but it can’t do anything that requires a login.

Thanks for reading,

Sherman Boyd

 
Jun 3, 2003
Avatar (SF) niclas 1 post

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Language files

Hello,

great program! Is it possible to use language files in JBidwatcher? I could create one in german.

When I’m using the search manager i would like to see only auctions from ebay.de! Is it possible?

It would be nice, if JBidwatcher could handle more than one ebay user accounts!

greetings, niclas

 
May 17, 2003
Avatar (SF) Kurt Se... 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Syncs up time but nothing else

I did a little more digging and found that when I put jbidwatcher on the pc that the satellite is connected to, it works fine. It’s the other two pc’s that go through XP’s “internet connection sharing” that still will not work.

 
May 16, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Syncs up time but nothing else

Greetings,
Hmmm… It really seems like it is a link problem, as it’s happening in the Sun library.

If I were to guess, I’d say it’s taking too long to load the login page, the timeout happens before it gets the headers, and it confuses Java’s networking library.

One really unfortunate thing is that if there’s that high a latency, tight sniping might be a little risky. You should make sure your snipe time is set around 20 seconds or more.

It should work in general, despite the lag, but you’ll occasionally get errors like that in the log, and in the worst case you might miss some snipes because of excessive latency.

I’ll look into ways to tell Java to wait longer to get the page, but I’m not sure it’s doable yet. If I find anything, I’ll mention it in this thread.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
May 13, 2003
Avatar (SF) Kurt Se... 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Syncs up time but nothing else

Tried with XP Java 1.3.1
also redhat 8.0 java 1.3.1 and 1.4.1
recompiled with cvs source, gets the same error.
I believe is may have something to do with my 2way direcway satellite isp. Could it be timing out because of the delay from the satellite?
I used the same .jar at the office on radhat 9.0 and it works fine.

Here is the error I receive:
Wed May 14 19:20:55 CDT 2003: Error loading page: http://signin.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll
java.net.SocketException: Unexpected end of file from server
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.parseHTTPHeader(HttpClient.java:802)
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.parseHTTPHeader(HttpClient.java:828)
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.parseHTTP(HttpClient.java:702)
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.parseHTTPHeader(HttpClient.java:800)
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.parseHTTPHeader(HttpClient.java:828)
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.parseHTTP(HttpClient.java:702)
at sun.net.www.protocol.http.HttpURLConnection.getInputStream(HttpURLConnection.java:583)
at sun.net.www.protocol.http.HttpURLConnection.getHeaderFieldKey(HttpURLConnection.java:1208)
at CookieJar.getAllCookiesFromPage(CookieJar.java:93)
at CookieJar.getAllCookiesAndPage(CookieJar.java:18)
at ebayServer.getSignInCookie(ebayServer.java:728)
at ebayServer.getNecessaryCookie(ebayServer.java:675)
at AuctionServer.getAuction(AuctionServer.java:446)
at AuctionServer.loadAuction(AuctionServer.java:502)
at AuctionServer.loadAuction(AuctionServer.java:537)
at AuctionServer.addAuction(AuctionServer.java:434)
at AuctionServer.addAuction(AuctionServer.java:195)
at AuctionEntry.prepareAuctionEntry(AuctionEntry.java:280)
at AuctionEntry.(AuctionEntry.java:196)
at JBidMouse.messageAction(JBidMouse.java:76)
at PlainMessageQueue.run(PlainMessageQueue.java:26)
at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:536)
Wed May 14 19:20:55 CDT 2003: Error loading the eBay sign-in page!
Wed May 14 19:20:57 CDT 2003: Failed to parse auction! Bad return result from auction server.

 
May 6, 2003
Avatar (SF) Kin Cho 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Netscape 7.02 on RedHat 7.3

Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll try it when I reboot into
Linux.

Now that I’m in Windows ME, I wanted to try “show URL in browser”
in jbidwatcher, but it won’t work.

The default command is “start netscape” in the Browser tab in
Configuration Manager. I typed it in DOS and it doesn’t work.
Next I pressed the “Detect Browser” button, and it gives:

C:\PROGRA~1\NETSCAPE\NETSCAPE\NETSCP.EXE -url “%1”

Now when I try “show URL in browser”, it still doesn’t work, even
though this command works in DOS.

I noticed this at the Java console when this error happened:

Mon May 05 22:28:30 PDT 2003: Launching browser
java.io.IOException: CreateProcess: C:\\PROGRA~1\\NETSCAPE\\NETSCAPE\\NETSCP.EX\
E
-url “http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2528614904” error\
=
0
at java.lang.Win32Process.create(Native Method)
at java.lang.Win32Process.(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.Runtime.execInternal(Native Method)
at java.lang.Runtime.exec(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.Runtime.exec(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.Runtime.exec(Unknown Source)
at WindowsBrowserLauncher.Launch(Unknown Source)
at BrowserLauncher.openURL(Unknown Source)
at JBConfig.launchBrowser(Unknown Source)
at JBConfig.messageAction(Unknown Source)
at PlainMessageQueue.run(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source)

-kin

 
May 5, 2003
Avatar (SF) Stephan... 4 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / JBidwatcher and different User Profiles

It works. Thank you.

 
May 5, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Netscape 7.02 on RedHat 7.3

Greetings,
Erk… Reading the command line parameters for Netscape suggests the following:

/usr/local/netscape/netscape -remote ‘openURL(%1)’

I can’t try it right now, but that might work for you. You can also add ‘-raise’ before the ‘-remote’ to force it to raise itself to the top when you do that.

In checking the source, really quickly, I don’t think it will work. If /usr/local/netscape is the first instance of Netscape in your path, however, you should be able to delete everything in the ‘Linux command’ section, and it should default to doing basically exactly what’s above.

If none of the above works, you could create a shell script in your ~/bin, or something, that simply takes a URL parameter, and calls netscape as described above. Then make that script the browser command.

I’m really sorry it’s so complex. Linux doesn’t have any concept of a ‘default browser’, so it’s nowhere near as easy to handle as OSX and Windows. One thing I’ll probably do is release a browser-launcher with JBidwatcher when I get to the point of making an RPM or general Linux package out of it.

For now, try some of the options I’ve listed, and please let me know what works for you!

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!