Macupdate problem

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donkeyotay
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Macupdate problem

Post by donkeyotay » Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:38 pm

Evening all,
I used the following to search Macupdate

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http://www.macupdate.com/search.php?keywords=*&os=mac

but it no longer works. When searching Macupdate for Forklift I get the url:

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http://www.macupdate.com/search.php?keywords=forklift&os=mac

My understanding is to replace "forklift" with *.
Can anyone help please?
Best wishes
Simon

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Re: Macupdate problem

Post by sjk » Sun Jun 07, 2009 10:57 pm

Very likely it's MacUpdate's problem (again). My Sogudi (Safari 3) and Keywurl (Safari 4) shortcuts for MacUpdate searches stopped working (again) a week or so ago. They mysteriously stopped and started working a few months ago. Another recent change is that reply posts on product pages are automatically expanded, without any obvious way to disable it (if any). MacUpdate rarely tells visitors when they make site changes and what they; it's up to us to discover them, for better and/or worse. ;)

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Re: Macupdate problem

Post by norbert » Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:54 pm

It appears that they are now actively blocking external search requests. They only accept searches that are entered directly at their website.

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Re: Macupdate problem

Post by sjk » Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:08 pm

I sure hope the external searching blockage is temporary, like the last time it happened.

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Re: Macupdate problem

Post by sjk » Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:00 pm

Just noticed a MacUpdate search link that worked, but entering the same URL in my browser (Safari 3) still doesn't. Any suggestions how to simulate the former for any search string?

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Re: Macupdate problem

Post by JWDriskell » Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:45 am

Apparently you know how to change your search template, so here's what you need:

http://www.macupdate.com/*

That's it. Really.

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Re: Macupdate problem

Post by sjk » Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:40 am

Hurray, that works. Thanks, JWDriskell!

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