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Re: [checklink] No configuration file preventing from running checklink.pl

From: Ville Skyttä <ville.skytta@iki.fi>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 20:59:17 +0300
To: www-validator@w3.org
Message-Id: <1063303156.4296.239.camel@bobcat.mine.nu>

On Thu, 2003-09-11 at 13:53, Hugo Haas wrote:

> I think that the absence of a configuration file should not prevent
> one from running checklink.pl, especially since setting
> W3C_CHECKLINK_CFG to /dev/null makes it stop complaining.
> 
> Any reason to make it die line 118 and not just issue a warning, or
> say nothing and add a note about W3C_CHECKLINK_CFG in the help
> message?

Not really nowadays, I think the warningless option + doc update [1]
would be ok.  The requirement is a relic from back when the option to
disallow checking non-public IP addresses was under development, and
there were no sane defaults.  Will do something about it soon, thanks
for the reminder!

Currently, without the configuration file, the default is to refuse to
check links to resources on non-public IP addresses when run as a CGI,
and allow checking them when run on the command line.

[1] W3C_CHECKLINK_CFG is already documented in the embedded POD 
    documentation, see the last couple of lines of --help how to
    display it.
Received on Thursday, 11 September 2003 13:59:20 GMT

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