[thelist] Housecleaning tool.....

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Tue May 8 10:35:07 CDT 2001

Thanks Sam, and email me when you've built it!


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From: "Sam-I-Am" <sam at sam-i-am.com>
To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org>
Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2001 10:24 AM
Subject: Re: [thelist] Housecleaning tool.....

> > Is there any type of tool that can tell me specifically which images and
> > pages are actually being used?
> this is something of a holy grail for me. But there are tools and
> techniques that can help.
> Tools like linkbot (http://www.tetranetsoftware.com) will crawl your
> site and if you show it the root directory (ftp/locally) report on orpan
> files (the name for all the files that aren't being used).
> But before you go and delete them can you be sure the tool has done its
> job right?
> It all gets a lot easier if you have static content & pages.
> If you have depandancies being built on the fly - like with javascript -
> then I know no tool that will help.
> Other gotchas are things like CSS imports, background-images. etc.
> I usually end up going back through manually to double check.
> (I want to build this tool though.. seems like you could have a proxy
> server that logged each request and built a (directory or other) tree of
> all files - either the actuall files, or just the filenames).. then you
> could point a spider at it, and also point human testers - to mouseover
> every mouseover and generally interact with it. Doing a directory
> compare would show you the true orphans.
> It would also be a good offline browser / site snagger.
> (IE has some but not all of this functionality. It doesn't reserve the
> original directory structure though..)
> hth
> Sam
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