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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!

 
Apr 30, 2003
Avatar (SF) Kin Cho 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Netscape 7.02 on RedHat 7.3

Hi,

I configured my browser as /usr/local/netscape/netscape.

JBidwatcher always try to start a new copy of netscape when
I ask JBidwatcher to open a URL.

How do I configure JBidwatcher to browse an auction URL
in my existing browser window?

Thanks.

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

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Feature Request: listing fees

Greetings,
Unfortunately, that information isn’t really available to JBidwatcher. After you’ve listed it, I’m not even sure where I’d get that from. If you know a page on eBay where that information is displayed on a per-item basis, let me know, and I’ll hunt it down and see what I can do.

It’s probably post-1.0, because I’ve still got too many bidder-side things to do to get to 1.0. Post-1.0 I’ll be looking at making it more seller friendly, and feature req’s like this help a lot in laying out a direction to go.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Apr 21, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / JBidwatcher and different User Profiles

Greetings,
Okay, that’s pretty weird… JBidwatcher uses a Java variable ‘user.home’. If that’s pointing to your ‘Application Data/Desktop’ directory, then that’s where it’s going to store it. Ick…

In theory, if you have a desktop shortcut to launch JBidwatcher, you can set it like this for user1:

java -Duser.home=“C:\Dukumente und Einstellungen\{user1}” -jar JBidWatch-0.9.jar

and another for user2:

java -Duser.home=“C:\Dukumente und Einstellungen\{user2}” -jar JBidWatch-0.9.jar

You might need to provide a whole path to the java executable in that case.

It’s certainly possible that I could try to determine the current user, and create a specialized directory for that user’s auctions.xml file and display file. It’s an interesting and relatively straightforward feature, but probably one that would be post-1.0, unless someone else wants to implement it.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Apr 2, 2003
Avatar (SF) Stephan... 4 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / JBidwatcher and different User Profiles

JBidWatcher stores the configuration files in “D:\Anwendungsdaten\Desktop\.jbidwatcher”. These files will be used by both WinXP-Users :-(

The path “C:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\{username}” doesn’t contain a folder named “.jbidwatcher”.

 
Mar 31, 2003
Avatar (SF) Alek Be... 1 post

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Feature Request: listing fees

JBidWatcher is great for tracking items that I’m selling.

It would be great if JBidWatcher could pull in the fees associated with each auction from Ebay and display them on “Selling” tab. Fees include “listing fee”, “highlight fee”, “final value fee”, etc…

 
Mar 30, 2003
Avatar (SF) Bubba Y... 3 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Refresh time confusion

Morgan,

Perfecto. I believe that your last response has completely answered any issues raised in my initial request. My apologies for any confusion I may have caused.

One minute updates during that last 1/2 hour of an auction work fine! (I just couldn’t find any info relating to those times in the documentation)

Thanks,

Bubba

 
Mar 30, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Refresh time confusion

Greetings,
Ah, okay, sorry… I thought you meant the time sync to make sure that the JBidwatcher time is linked with eBay’s time.

In the last half hour of an auction, items drop to 1-minute updates. This is mainly because any faster, and eBay might have an issue with it. Also because on most lower speed connections, if you have 5-10 items which close in the last half hour, you will take more than a minute updating all of them…

If you brought it down to a 5 second update time, if you have multiple items closing in the last half hour, some might get starved for update time, unless you have a very fast connection.

The code for handling the update is in AuctionEntry, and again, the update-speed is hardcoded to once per minute, once it gets into the last 30 minutes. I can make both configurable relatively straightforwardly, but I’d really urge against updating too rapidly.

In fact, although it’s the easiest to do, I’d probably not make the ‘start fast update’ time configurable. This is because eBay is very, very vehement that automated tools not hit their site too quickly. The last half hour should be fine, since that’s when snipers usually come in.

JBidwatcher keeps internally a ‘time delta’ of how long it takes to retrieve a page from the auction site, so it has an idea how far before the ‘real’ snipe time it has to start preparing a snipe. This value might be useful for determining the fastest possible ‘re-update’ time, based on the number of items closing in the last half hour. I’d have to display it on the dialog that allows you to change the update time, and warn you if you’re selecting too fast an update time…

It’s worth keeping track of as a feature idea, definitely.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Mar 29, 2003
Avatar (SF) Bubba Y... 3 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Refresh time confusion

Morgan,

Thanks for your reply.

I think that my direction here is being able to more closely monitor auctions towards the closing. Seems like being able to to configure times (maybe down to 5 second intervals?) would be helpful in the decision-making process.

Then again…I probably spend too much money on eBay anyhow…:—)

Bubba

 
Mar 29, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / JBidwatcher and different User Profiles

Greetings,

It should do this automatically by default. It uses your home directory

C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\.jbidwatcher

to store the configurations, cached auctions, and saved auction lists.

If it’s not doing this, then there’s something wrong… Can you tell me where it’s storing the configuration files, and auctions.xml file? I’m not terribly familiar with Windows XP, but I know that under Windows 2000 it does the right thing…

Sorry about the delay in getting back to you. For some reason it didn’t send your original message to my email (which is how I get notified usually that people are posting here).

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Mar 29, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Refresh time confusion

Greetings,

It’s hardcoded, unfortunately, to 30 minutes.

I can make it configurable, if you think it’d be useful. Another timer like that is the update of the users sign-in cookie from eBay, which also happens every 30 minutes. That, however, is less configurable, because they time-out portions of the cookie (specifically the adult access) every ~45 minutes.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Mar 29, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Patch to build.xml

Greetings,
Applied, plus some additional changes for the new JB-Help and graphic files I’m adding in the next version. (Documentation is my big desire to add for the next rev.)

— Morgan

 
Mar 29, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Get My eBay items

Greetings,
Oooh! Patches! Interesting… I’ll have to check their respones, that would be frustrating. Anyhow, I’m applying that as follows (to handle both potential cases):
if(nextKey.startsWith(“Set-Cookie”) ||
nextKey.startsWith(“Set-cookie”)) {
.
.
.
}

 
Mar 29, 2003
Avatar (SF) Stephan... 4 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / JBidwatcher and different User Profiles

No ideas?

snixx!

 
Mar 27, 2003
Avatar (SF) Bubba Y... 3 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Refresh time confusion

Howdy,

I’m trying to figure out how often JBidWatch refreshes and whether I can control this function. Maybe I’m not looking in the right config file but I just can’t seem to see it.

Help please?

Thanks,

Bubba

 
Mar 26, 2003
Avatar (SF) Christi... 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Patch to build.xml

Hi,
when building JBidWatcher from source the
com.stevesoft.pat classes were not included in
the resulting JAR file.
This patch to build.xml solves that.

diff u z:\dev\jbidwatcher-0.9\build.xml.orig z:\dev\jbidwatcher-0.9\build.xml
-
- z:\dev\jbidwatcher-0.9\build.xml.orig Wed Mar 26 15:18:22 2003
+ z:\dev\jbidwatcher-0.9\build.xml Wed Mar 26 15:18:22 2003
@ -73,7 +73,7 @

-
+

 
Mar 26, 2003
Avatar (SF) Christi... 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Get My eBay items

Hi,
getting auctions from My eBay was not working for me in
JBidWatcher 0.9. After a little debugging I came up with a
patch to CookieJar.java that solved the problem for me:

diff u z:\dev\jbidwatcher-0.9\CookieJar.java.orig z:\dev\jbidwatcher-0.9\CookieJar.java
-
- z:\dev\jbidwatcher-0.9\CookieJar.java.orig Wed Mar 26 15:06:54 2003
+ z:\dev\jbidwatcher-0.9\CookieJar.java Wed Mar 26 15:06:54 2003
@ -108,7 +108,7 @
return getAllCookiesFromPage(redirect);
}

- if(nextKey.startsWith(“Set-Cookie”)) {
+ if(nextKey.startsWith(“Set-cookie”)) {
newCookie = new Cookie(uc.getHeaderField(i));
_cookies.put(newCookie.getKey(), newCookie);
}

Cheers,
Christian

 
Mar 24, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Load auctions from My eBay

Greetings,
First: PLEASE stop hitting ‘Reload’. Look at the top of your page, it probably says something like ‘Message Posted’, which means that you’re re-posting the message every time you hit reload!

I just deleted five instances of the same message.

Now, as to the question… Do any messages show up in your console display? Turn on ‘Debugging’ and ‘Logging’, and see if any files named error.log or error.log.# (# being a number) show up, or are updated. If so, close JBidwatcher, and send me the text of the log files, or the console error messages.

I’d also like you to try and bid on an item (it’s a test item), which is item # 2917877409 which will determine if your eBay account and password work. (Don’t worry, I won’t charge for the item, it’s just for testing.)

If the bid fails, it may be because your password or username were entered wrong.

Another possibility is this… Go to your ‘My eBay’ page, and look on the page… Are there any items there at all, that aren’t closed?

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Mar 23, 2003
Avatar (SF) Robert ... 4 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Load auctions from My eBay

I’m using jBidwatcher 0.9 for the first time. I’ve configured the eBay tab with my eBay ID and password. When I load auctions with “Bet My eBay Items”, nothing get loaded. I can manually add eBay auctions with no problem. My firewall verified that it went to cgie.ebay.com, cgi.ebay.com, and signin.ebay.com.

The only message I get is “Done synchronizing with My ebay”. Any pointers are appreciated. Thanks,