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curl command used in terminal returning bad/illegal format or missing URL?


I am creating a script in python that can gather data from an atlassian confluence wiki page through an http request using the curl command. The confluence website I am trying to access is maintained by my company's server. The command I am currently using is:

curl -v -w -u admin:admin "" | python -mjson.tool

In place of admin:admin I type my username which is my email then a colon and my password so for eg. I know that the link is correct as when I click "" it directly takes me to the page which gets displayed in a JSON format with all the information but when I try to enter that command in the terminal I get an error as the screenshot depicts:

confluence server error.png

I am thinking it might be due to the special characters like @ used in both email and password and so I used \@ to escape the character but it still shows the same error. Also I put quotes around the entire user credentials for e.g "" but still no success.

How should I securely authenticate to my company's confluence page through the terminal and eventually through my Python script?

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