Re: [unrev-II] Hyperlink checkers

From: Jon Winters (
Date: Fri Mar 17 2000 - 15:58:42 PST

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    Eric Armstrong wrote:
    > From: Eric Armstrong <>
    > Jon Winters wrote:
    > > A quick check at turned up several stand-alone link
    > > checkers.
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > I haven't had a chance to test them yet but I might do so this
    > > weekend.
    > > If so I'll report back any findings to the group.
    > I'm looking forward to the results.

    From the hits on freshmeat I found a page with more link checkers:

    I've downloaded and installed the Linbot. Its a spider that you can use
    to check the links on any site.

    > Some characteristics
    > to look for:
    > * Automatable
    > --Ability to start up a script and let it crank

    Can be run as a cron job. :-)

    > * Links to Internal Addresses
    > --Most, in checking href="x#foo" consider it a "success"
    > if file x exists. They never verify that the "foo" anchor
    > exists.

    Hmmm..... I'll need to try this but I see how it would be important at lots of internal links.

    > * Exception Reporting
    > --Surprisingly, some apps feel compelled you about every link that
    > succeeds, as well as those that fails. Makes it hard to
    > impossible
    > to find the real problems.

    Linbot is configurable. I'm doing some testing with it now to see what
    the reports look like.

    Jon Winters

    "Everybody Loves The GIMP!"

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