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Old 12-20-2014
Script to test bookmarks

Does anyone have a script to test for invalid bookmarks? I have a ton of them and I'd bet that a good percentage could be dropped.

# 2  
Old 12-20-2014
Guessing you are talking of web browser bookmarks, what format/structure are they? And, how would you define "invalid"?
# 3  
Old 12-20-2014
@ RudiC

Hello. Invalid would mean 'broken links'; sites that no longer exist or are unreachable, etc.

I can extract the http links from html files (firefox) with sed easily enough, producing a list to loop through. I'm just not sure whether to use wget or ??? to attempt to reach the sites and get the error msgs. I want to do it in the console, not the browser. I thought I'd ask around for a script or advice from someone who might have already done this.

Thanks for the reply.
# 4  
Old 12-21-2014
Hmm. The biggest problem I see is how many sites redirect bad links to valid pages. Try for an example. It's one thing to catch a 404 -- another to check that the contents were what you wanted.

You can weed out pages that redirect, at least.

$ wget --max-redirect=0 --spider -nv -O /dev/null
0 redirections exceeded.
0 redirections exceeded.
2014-12-20 23:57:32 URL: 200 OK


Use -i filename to read a list of URL's to check from file.
# 5  
Old 12-22-2014
Thanks for that Corona688

wget does the deed nicely. I found that there are some false positives. Some websites just dont appreciate robots, so they return 'broken link' when the site is actually alive and reachable. But for my intentions that's no big deal.

What I have so far...

> $toDEL

while read XX
    log=$(wget --tries=1 -T 5 --spider -nv $XX 2>&1)
    if [[ $(echo $log | grep -c "broken link") -gt 0 ]]; then
        echo "$log"
        echo "$XX" >> $toDEL
        # sed -n "s|$XX|&|p" $BOOKMARKS
        sed -i "s|^.*$XX.*$||g" $BOOKMARKS

Found 370 broken links out of 4,000+ bookmarks.

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