Problems downloading stock quotes [RESOLVED] possible security issue

Josh Sled jsled at
Wed Oct 17 15:46:15 EDT 2007

Richard Geddes <rich.geddes at> writes:
> I re-applied the ad blocker, and with my browser, was able to get a
> quote for RHAT AMD from the yahoo website successfully.  When I tried "
> gnc-fq-dump yahoo RHT AMD" from the command line and it failed.  This
> leads me to think that F::Q does not work like the browser... it looks
> like F::Q needs to have name resolution for a set of advertisers on that
> ad block list.  My web browser also responds the ad blocking aliases in
> the hosts file.

F::Q does do web-page scraping to get some quotes.

My guess is that there's some coincidental overlap in the hosts used to
obtain some quotes as well as serve ads.  Some front-end Yahoo load-balanced
server, most likely.

If you care enough, you could binary-search within that host list to figure
out exactly which host causes the problem.

I've seen a bit of F::Q sources and know how it interacts with gnucash.  The
dataflow is specific and uni-directional.  AFAIK, F::Q isn't provided with
any of your financial data apart from the quote source and symbol itself.
Thus, it can't re-provide that data to any other entity.

...jsled - a=jsled;; echo ${a}@${b}
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