PHP ini file user_agent configuration option

Today I discovered the user_agent php.ini configuration option. Basically it allows you to specify the user agent PHP uses when it sends HTTP requests for files. I was screen scraping some data from Wikipedia (processing URI schemes) and it was replying with a 403 error, presumably because they’ve banned the default PHP user agent. Anyway I just changed my user agent to a copy of my one from Firefox and things started working. Pretty handy option!

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