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Re: Web Page Watcher

I don't mind sharing at all. I have never seen code shared on this list, though, so there must be some other means that won't bring flames of list netiquette down upon me. If anyone wants to suggest a means to do this that is cool with everybody, I am willing. If not just send me a note and I will send you the script.

For anyone who is interested, the script will watch any number of pages and will report via email if it changes. It is run via cron on whatever period you wish. Daily is probably often enough. It has two modes of watching. The first simply compares the page you are seeing now with the one you saw the last time you looked. The second method only compares the links within the page. I am using the script to watch a page for updates for a particular program I use. I don't care about dates or verbiage on the page, only the link.

As I wrote the script only yesterday and have spent upwards of two whole hours on it, it is not very mature and was really written to address my personal needs. There is no configuration file. The setup is done by modifying variables in the script. For me, editing the script or editing an external configuration file is mox-nix, though I may add a config anyway just because.

As I was writing there were a number of things that I thought might be good additions but have not been written into the script yet. So, the script is probably not done.

If you are still interested, just let me know.

-------- Original Message  --------
Subject: Web Page Watcher
From: "nicolas angel" <n aggelidis gmail com>
To: "For users of Fedora Core releases" <fedora-list redhat com>
Date: 10/06/2006 02:02 AM

it would be nice if you could share this script with us....


On 10/6/06, Paul Lemmons <paul lemmons tmcaz com> wrote:
Never mind, I gave up and wrote a perl script to do it. That took less
time than trying to find something already written.

-------- Original Message  --------
Subject: Web Page Watcher
From: Paul Lemmons <paul lemmons tmcaz com>
To: For users of Fedora Core releases <fedora-list redhat com>
Date: 10/05/2006 11:01 AM
> There is a particular web page that I would like to watch and have an
> email sent to me if it changes. I have looked and programs that can do
> that for Windows but so far have not met with success finding a
> program for Linux.  Freshmeat and Sourceforge both had old programs
> that appear to no longer be available. Anybody else out there doing this?

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