LinkScan

LinkScan for Windows. Reference Manual.

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LinkScan Revision History

New in LinkScan 12.4

New in LinkScan 12.3

New in LinkScan 12.2

New in LinkScan 12.1

New in LinkScan 12.0

New in LinkScan 11.7

New in LinkScan 11.6

New in LinkScan 11.5

New in LinkScan 11.4

New in LinkScan 11.3

New in LinkScan 11.2a

On September 15 and 16, 2003, changes were made to the Internet Domain Name Service (DNS) by VeriSign, Inc. VeriSign is the company responsible for managing all .com and .net addressing.

In short, VeriSign created wildcard records such that DNS lookups on a host within an invalid .com or .net domain will resolve to the IP address of a VeriSign operated server. Hence an invalid URL can direct web browsers to a valid web page published by VeriSign.

In the past, LinkScan would typically report a Possible Error on such links: 900 No DNS Entry. As a result of these changes LinkScan will see a valid web page and report no error at all. Users should be aware that other link checkers (and products that perform similar tasks) may also be impacted by VeriSign's actions.

Elsop urges all users to install LinkScan Version 11.2a immediately. This version incorporates enhancements which will detect URL's that would otherwise trigger the wildcard records so that LinkScan will once again correctly report an error.

No configuration changes are required; the new wildcard detection logic is enabled automatically for all URL's within the .com and .net Top Level Domains (TLD's).

However, users may optionally enable wildcard detection on other TLD's such as cc. Simply add a directive to linkscan.sys such as:

Wildtlds = com, net, cc

Users that wish to disable this logic (e.g. in the event that VeriSign withdraw the wildcard records) may add this directive to linkscan.sys.

Wildtlds = 0

New in LinkScan 11.2

New in LinkScan 11.1

New in LinkScan 11.0

New in LinkScan 10.0

New in LinkScan 9.0

New in LinkScan 8.2

At LinkScan 8.2 we have consolidated several minor bug fixes and a large number of customer generated suggestions for improvements and enhancements. We thank all of those users who contributed suggestions. Some of the highlights include:

New in LinkScan 8.1

At LinkScan 8.1 we have consolidated several minor bug fixes and a large number of customer generated suggestions for improvements and enhancements. Although each individual change is relatively minor in scope, the aggregate of them all represents a significant improvement to the product. We thank all of those users who contributed suggestions and urge customers to install this greatly improved release at the earliest opportunity. In total, we have have made approximately 60 changes and enhancements. Some of the highlights include:

New in LinkScan 8.0

New in LinkScan 7.4

New in LinkScan 7.3

New in LinkScan 7.2

New in LinkScan 7.1

New in LinkScan 7.0

New in LinkScan 6.1

New in LinkScan 6.0

LinkScan 6.0 includes some significant changes to the scanning modules. For Windows users:

These changes eliminate prior restrictions due to limitations of the Perl implementation for Windows and can greatly improve performance.

For Unix users:

New in LinkScan 5.5

The configuration file format changes are summarized below:

We have found that these changes greatly simplify system configuration and administration in complex multi-Project scenarios. The automatic conversion script will attempt to normalize the global and project-specific linkscan.cfg files. However, users may find they can achieve further simplification with a few minutes of manual inspection and editing.

New in LinkScan 5.4

LinkScan 5.4 is primarily a maintenance release that consolidates several minor bug fixes and enhancements. It includes changes for the new LinkScan Server and LinkScan Workstation products as well as infrastructure to support new upcoming enhancements.

New in LinkScan 5.3

New in LinkScan 5.2

At LinkScan 5.2 we have improved HTTP navigation (the Execute command) for validating dynamic content (CGI scripts, Server Side Includes etc.), enhanced several of the LinkScan Reports and added some completely new reporting options. Some of the specific enhancements include:

New in LinkScan 5.1

LinkScan 5.0 was a major new release. At LinkScan 5.1 we have consolidated several minor bug fixes and a number of improvements designed to further simplify LinkScan administration. The following items are worthy of note:

New in LinkScan 5.0

New in LinkScan 4.2

At LinkScan 4.2, we have focused on enhancements to the various reporting modules with both new and more consistent options.

New in LinkScan 4.1

The following changes and enhancements were incorporated in LinkScan version 4.1:

New in LinkScan 4.0

The following changes and enhancements were incorporated in LinkScan version 4.0:

New in LinkScan 3.2

The following changes and enhancements were incorporated in LinkScan version 3.2:

New in LinkScan 3.1

The following changes and enhancements were incorporated in LinkScan version 3.1:

New in LinkScan 3.0

The following changes and enhancements were incorporated in LinkScan version 3.0:

New in LinkScan 2.1

The following changes and enhancements were incorporated at LinkScan version 2.1:

New in LinkScan 2.0

The following changes and enhancements were incorporated at LinkScan version 2.0:

New in LinkScan 1.2

The following changes and enhancements were incorporated at LinkScan version 1.2:

New in LinkScan 1.1

The following changes and enhancements were incorporated at LinkScan version 1.1:

LinkScan for Windows. Reference Manual. Section 30. LinkScan Revision History
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