linkchecker: Relax your mouse clicker finger

I seem to be on an Internet-based kick these days. It started yesterday with httpry and html-xml-utils; now I’m on to linkchecker, which cascades through pages or sites and checks that the links are … linking.


linkchecker came at a good time, since I got an e-mail a week or so ago, mentioning (not really complaining, just mentioning) that most of the software I touch on seems to have been around for quite a while. The suggestion was, “When are you going to show us some fresh stuff?”

Well, linkchecker has updates within the past few days, and I’d bet wummel is working on it even as you’re reading this. How’s that for fresh?😈

What linkchecker does and how is probably obvious just from the name, without looking at the screenshot. And of course, you should probably be careful where you aim linkchecker, because as you can see, it had stacked up several thousand links to check within only a minute or two of looking at this page.

Perhaps it would be better kept in-house first, before turning it loose in the wild.😐

linkchecker has a long, long list of options for you to look over, in case you want to check external URLs (gasp!), use customized configuration files or filter out URLs by regex. Or a lot of other things.

Perhaps the greatest part about using linkchecker though, is that it allows you to relax your mouse clicker finger, and do other things. Interns everywhere will rejoice.πŸ˜‰

And just for the record, without any snarky undertones, I do have a tendency to pull in a lot of old, or outdated software. If it still works, I’m still willing to use it. I hope you feel the same.πŸ˜•