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Reading in the Contents of a directory on another WWW server with Perl?

Posted on 1998-12-26
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I am looking for a way to retrieve a directory list (files) of a user specified directory on a remote WWW server. I know I need to use the socket and I can already return a entire page or document. The directory listing will not be printed to the users browser, my server will use the directory contents to build a database. I am making a search engine...

I'd really appreciate the help! Thanx!
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by:capsite
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Please provide any code or knowlege you may have!! Thanks again!
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Directory listings on the Web come in the form of HTML. In fact, you could handle any HTML page this way: retrieve the page, then the parse the HTML to extract the links. Once you have the list of links, you can insert it into your database.

You can find almost everything you need already written on CPAN (www.cpan.org). Get the LWP (lib-www-perl) package. That gives you all the code to retrieve a Web page into a variable (HTTP::Request) and extract the links from it (HTML:LinkExtor).

Yuval
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