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Bug#326429: ITP: webcheck -- website link and structure checker

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Subject: ITP: webcheck -- website link and structure checker
Package: wnpp
Owner: Arthur de Jong <adejong@debian.org>
Severity: wishlist

* Package name    : webcheck
  Version         : 1.9.3
  Upstream Author : Arthur de Jong <arthur@ch.tudelft.nl>
* URL             : http://ch.tudelft.nl/~arthur/webcheck/
* License         : GPL
  Description     : website link and structure checker
 webcheck is a website checking tool for webmasters. It crawls a given
 website and generates a number of reports in the form of html pages.
 It is easy to use and generates simple, clear and readable reports.
 Features of webcheck include:
  * support for http, https, ftp and file schemes
  * view the structure of a site
  * track down broken links
  * find potentially outdated and new pages
  * list links pointing to external sites
  * can run without user intervention

Webcheck (release 1.0) was in Debian before, but was removed on
2005-02-02 (orphaned on 2004-05-31, request for removal on 2004-11-02,
see bug #251931) because it was no longer maintained and there was no
upstream development. Since I have taken over development and will
maintain this package this is no longer the case.

Bugs that were open at the time webcheck was removed:
#71419 request for internationalization of output
  this is on the TODO list as a wishlist item
#192868 handle relative links to file:/ urls nicely
  using file:/// urls is possible and supported, automatically
  translating relative or absolute paths into file:/// is also
  supported now
#201154 please handle url()'s in stylesheets
  this is also implemented in the current version of webcheck
#253424 recursion problem in sitemap module (key not found)
  this should be solved as most of the code is rewritten
#271085 produce a validation report (using wdg-html-validator)
  there is an item on the TODO list to implement more html validation
  checking, however I do not think that submitting a large number of
  html pages to a web-based checker is a good idea
#286017 problem with recent python version
  webcheck is developed using python 2.3 but is tested regularly with
  python 2.4 so this should be solved
(this leaves two wishlist bugs in the TODO list)

There are a couple of questions left though:
* I'm not sure if I need some statement on the copyrights on the
  generated html files. The css file that is just copied has a BSD
* The old package provides, conflicts with and replaces linbot (the name
  of webcheck a long time ago). Should I keep that or just drop it?
  (linbot was in slink, potato and woody but neither linbot or webcheck
  were in sarge)
* The old package has a configuration file in /etc/webcheck and the new
  package no longer provides that. What would be the best way to get rid
  of it? (policy 10.7.3 has a note about removing conffiles but I'm not
  sure it's relevant) Should I delete it on upgrade?

Btw, I'm packaging this as a native Debian package because I just want
to release one version and have one source tarball.

-- arthur - adejong@debian.org - http://people.debian.org/~adejong --

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