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# $Id: README 16 2008-03-23 06:02:07Z warchild $

Hawler, the ruby HTTP crawler.

Written to ease satisfying curiousities about the way the web is woven.

Install by:

  gem install --source http://spoofed.org/files/hawler/ hawler

Rough usage is… define a method that will take a URI, a referer, and an Net::HTTPResponse as arguments, and then does whatever it wants. Create a Hawler object, passing the start URI and the above method as arguments. Set Hawler options, then start it.

Basic usage is an implementation of htgrep:

  #!/usr/bin/ruby

  require 'rubygems'
  require 'hawler'
  require 'hawleroptions'

  def grep (uri, referer, response)
    line = 0
    unless (response.nil?)
      response.body.each do |l|
        line += 1
        if (l =~ /#{@match}/)
          puts "#{uri}:#{line} #{l}"
        end
      end
    end
  end

  options = HawlerOptions.parse(ARGV, "Usage: #{File.basename $0} [pattern] [uri] [options]")

  if (ARGV.empty?)
    puts @options.help
  else
    @match = ARGV.shift
    ARGV.each do |site|
      crawler = Hawler.new(site, method(:grep))
      options.each_pair do |o,v|
        crawler.send("#{o}=",v)
      end
      crawler.start
    end
  end

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