hawler.rb

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Hawler, the HTTP crawler. Written after years of reusing the same perl code over and over in every tool that could make use of crawling functionality. Now it is truly reusable and in Ruby.

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

The original gem and tools that make use of Hawler can be found at:

  http://spoofed.org/files/hawler/

The basic idea is that a Hawler visits a given URI (get), pulls all of the links from the response body (harvest), and repeats this until every link to the specified recurse depth has been visited. Every URI that is visit is passed to analyze, which is simply a block that takes the URI, referer, and the response as arguments.

This is a unordered, breadth-first crawl. Enjoy.

Jon Hart <jhart@spoofed.org>

Required files

net/http   net/https   uri   set   hawlee   hawlerhelper  

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