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LinkScan for Windows. Reference Manual.

Section 5

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Basic Scanning

This section describes how to create, configure and scan a LinkScan Project.

Creating a New Project

  1. From the Main LinkScan Window, click New.

  2. You will be prompted for a Project Name and Description. You may elect to create a brand new (empty) Project or to create the Project by cloning/copying an existing Project.

Planning a Project

  1. From the Main LinkScan Window, select an existing Project from the displayed list of Projects and click Plan.

  2. On the Plan Project Dialog you must:

    Scanning Method: We recommend that you use the Network (HTTP) Scanning method, at least initially. This method is frequently the most appropriate and is also the simplest to configure. Optionally, you may also configure LinkScan to check for Orphaned Files but this requires a more detailed knowledge of your server environment and again we suggest you defer this until you are more familiar with LinkScan.

    Review the status of the Case Sensitive Pathnames checkbox. This tells LinkScan whether to treat index.html and INDEX.HTML, for example, as a single file or two different files. In general, this box should be checked when scanning websites hosted on Unix servers and unchecked when scanning websites hosted on Windows servers.

    Also note the status of the Onlyinclude/Onlyfollow setting. Typically, this will be blank. However, if you enter a URL such as:

    http://www.example.com/Products/index.html

    LinkScan will automatically enter Products/ in the text box below. You may use the associated Radio Buttons to control the scope of the scan.

  3. Click OK to save the settings or Cancel to discard them.

Scanning a Project

  1. From the Main LinkScan Window, select an existing Project from the displayed list of Projects and click Scan.

  2. LinkScan will display the Scanning Panel which enables you to monitor progress as the scan proceeds.

  3. On completion of the scan, the Cancel button will change to an OK button and the system will beep. Press the OK button to dismiss the Scanning Dialog box.

You have now completed a scan of the website and LinkScan has created a Database for that Project. Next you will want to examine the findings by following the steps described in Examining the Results.

Command Line Options

LinkScan supports automation and scans may be initiated from the DOS prompt, BAT files and other scripting languages, via system schedulers and even from the Windows APIs. See Scheduling LinkScan. When executed in this manner, the following command line options are available.

C:\LinkScan10> perl linkscan.pl -help
LinkScan Version 12.4 Windows
Copyright 1997-2013 Electronic Software Publishing Corporation

USAGE: linkscan.pl  {-help} {-alllinks} {-fast} {-home pathname} {-http}
       {-newproject name} {-noexternal} {-noorphans} {-project name}
       {-quiet} {-remote URL} {-retest}

-help            Displays this message
-alllinks        Check all external links [Override: Maxgoodhours etc]
-fast            Use larger number of processes to speed testing
-home pathname   Specify starting page [Override: Homefile in linkscan.cfg]
-http            Use HTTP navigation [Equiv: Execute .* and -noorphans]
-newproject name Create a new LinkScan Project
-noexternal      Test internal links only [Default: Internal and External]
-noorphans       Disable checking for orphaned files
-project name    Select a LinkScan Project
-quiet           Reduce verbosity of progress/status messages
-remote URL      Specify Remote Site [Equiv: -http; Override: Homeurl/Homefile]
-retest          Repeat last test, rechecking only those links that failed
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LinkScan for Windows. Reference Manual. Section 5. Basic Scanning
LinkScan Version 12.4
© Copyright 1997-2013 Electronic Software Publishing Corporation (Elsop)
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