linklint is one of a very few perfect

linklint is one of a very few perfect pieces of software around. By which I mean that it does what it sets out to do with a minimum of fuss.

I have been using it since at least 1998 to wrangle the links in large static html sites. The author, Jim Bowlin, has put the software under the GNU GPL. Free, and free to modify. If you do unix it’s a tremendous tool to do QA and testing on your sites. Generates a spiffy report too – here’s Looks like I got some stuff to clean up. It doesn’t do javascript based links, or onclicks, or flash — not sure if it handles CSS style refrerences like: url(‘page.image’) or @import. Much to explore with this upgrade. It’s now 2.3.3. I’ve been using 2.1 for 3 years.

Hm. Looks like urls with querystrings (like my wedding photos) get treated gently. That’s good robot behavior! You can also set a delay so that you don’t inadvertently slashdot yourself. Heh.

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