dead-link detection

Posted on 1998-11-30
Last Modified: 2013-12-25
I need a perl script to detect a dead-link
something like this:
            deadLink( URL )
deadLink() returns true if link exists, false otherwise.

Question by:shlomoy
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squimph earned 100 total points
ID: 1829827
You can use the modules in the libwww package ( to test a URL:

For example, call the following from the command line with the URL you want to test as the parameter:

$URL = $ARGV[0];
use LWP::UserAgent;
$ag = new LWP::UserAgent;
$ag->agent("CustomLinkChecker/1.0" . $ag->agent);
$req = new HTTP::Request GET => $URL;
$results = $ag->request($req);
if ( $results->is_success ) {
    print "URL exists.\n"

} else {
    print "Bad URL\n";

Author Comment

ID: 1829828
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If you want to install a private copy of libwww-perl in your home
directory, then you should try to produce the initial Makefile with
something like this command:

  perl Makefile.PL LIB=~/perl

The Makefile.PL program will start out by checking your perl
installation for a few packages that are recommended to be installed
together with libwww-perl.
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where can I obtain this makefile?

Expert Comment

ID: 1829829
Well, installing libwww-perl is a separate question but here goes...

First consider talking to your system administrator to ask that they install libwww in the central perl directory so everyone on the system can use it (most web servers already have it installed... I assume you've already checked)

If the admin refuses to install it, the instructions you have above will do it... 'perl Makefile.PL LIB=~/perl' will create a file called 'Makefile' ... then type 'make' and 'make install' to install the package.

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ID: 1829830

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