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Re: libwww blocked

From: Regis Boudin <regis@boudin.name>
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2008 12:13:09 -0000 (GMT)
Message-ID: <62940.195.224.154.166.1199275989.squirrel@mail.imalip.net>
To: "Urs Holzer" <urs@andonyar.com>
Cc: www-amaya@w3.org

On Wed, January 2, 2008 11:02, Urs Holzer wrote:
> They want to prevent bots from harvesting email adresses and flooding
> publicly editable resoures such as wiki sites. Perhaps the people who
> write those bots use libwww (because it is really easy to use) and
> don't care about the user agent header.

Actually, wouldn't it be better to try and move away from libwww ? It
looks pretty much unmaintained upstream, with the last official release
over 5 years old and the last CVS commit 13 months ago.

>From a Debian perspective, only 4 packages still use libwww, and its
current maintainer announced his intention to ask for removal from the
archive. His advice is to switch to libcurl, which seems to provide a much
nicer to use API and is actively maintained. Obviously I am willing to do
some work on this and provide patches. I might do it anyway for the debian
package...

Any comment ?

Regis
Received on Wednesday, 2 January 2008 12:13:23 UTC

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