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I have a script in mind that will help me keep track of some of my links on my web page. I know how to do just about everything I am after. Only one problem. I need a little part of the script to test the URL I give it and tell me "GOOD" or "BAD".

For example, I could call a subroutine $good=&Test_URL("http:://www.test.com") and $good would contain 0 if the site responds with a 404 error, and 1 if anything else is returned.

Can you help with this subroutine please?
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Question by:schworak
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by:irp
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You could search for the word 404 in a response to a get from port 80 on the target server, however, this page contains a 404, in fact it contains two. How do you propose to distinguish these from real 404's (that's three now).
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by:adrianwatkins
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if you were to create a routing I would you a telnet module as a starting point. Take the URL for example www.company.com/test.html split it into host and directory/file.

Now telnet host on port 80 and issue a get directory/file.

Now you will have to parse the response and decide what determines an error. However some 404 pages don't say much about them been a 404 on them - even though to be compliant the must.

Should take ~3/4 hours of playing look for telnet.pm to help with the socket stuff.


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by:b2pi
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telnet??? Try perldoc lwpcook

use LWP::Simple;
$doc = get 'http://www.test.com";


will get you the source of what you're trying to find.  

use LWP::Simple;
($content_type, $document_length, $modified_time,  $expires, $server) = head("http://www.test.com");

will help you get around the 404 problem, too.

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by:schworak
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The telnet idea would work but is not reliable or predictable.

The LWP idea was the one I was looking for but couldn't find the docs on how to do it. Thanks.

The points will be awarded to b2pi if you just submit a message as an answer. Your answer is 100% what I am after. Thanks!
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telnet??? Try perldoc lwpcook

       use LWP::Simple;
       $doc = get 'http://www.test.com";


       will get you the source of what you're trying to find.  

       use LWP::Simple;
       ($content_type, $document_length, $modified_time,  $expires, $server) = head("http://www.test.com");

       will help you get around the 404 problem, too.






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by:schworak
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Thanks! The code works just great!
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