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Re: (semi) automatic check for broken links in package descriptions

On 04/26/12 18:13, Russ Allbery wrote:
> Tiago Bortoletto Vaz <tiago@debian.org> writes:
>> I'm with pabs about integrating it to qa.d.o, sounds really helpful :)
>> Btw, I've just checked a few links reported as error 500 and some seem
>> to not present any problem. See:
>> http://sdl.perl.org/
>> http://www.kuwata-lab.com/erubis/
>> http://www.kuwata-lab.com/kwalify/
>> http://www.pstoedit.net/
>> http://www.rc0.org.uk/tdl/
> One thing to be aware of with link checkers is that there are some sites
> that will return errors to bots but not to browsers.  I don't know if that
> applies to any of these, but I see that a lot when running link checks
> against my own web sites.
> There are also just a lot of transient errors in the web, either due to
> temporary network problems or due to temporary server problems.  It would
> probably be a good idea to cache results and only start warning if the
> site was consistently unreachable over a longer period, like a week.

Yes, you are right - I already thought about this, and also came up with
a threshold of a week, which sounds reasonable to me.

I will improve my scripts and will pingback when ready.



Yay! I'm going to Debconf12!

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