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netstiff

netstiff (formerly known as webdiff) is a powerful Web and FTP site update checker. It supports a variety of different methods (diff, HTML, size, date, MD5 sum, regexp) to check for updates. There are also sophisticated settings to make it useful for partly dynamic Web pages. Without any given arguments, netstiff will either run its interactive configuration tool or check your sites for updates and print the changes in a diff(1)-like manner.

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  •  31 Mar 2008 06:18

    Release Notes: The default behavior was changed to updating and showing the changes at once. The "get" command was renamed to "update". All test methods are diffable now. The behavior of the regular expression match test method was changed. HTTPS support was fixed. The documentation (manual page) was improved. Further internal and minor changes have been made.

    •  21 Jun 2007 21:04

      Release Notes: As a release focus, (beta) FTP support has been added with test methods "diff", "size", and "date". Furthermore, stderr is used for errors and warnings in addition to the log file. To suppress this behaviour, the -S option has been introduced. The configurator experienced some changes, too, e.g. URIs can be titled now.

      •  22 Mar 2007 20:46

        Release Notes: The diff output format is the unified format now, though libalgorithm-diff-ruby is not needed any longer. A new -W option allows you to specify the working directory (e.g. for different profiles). The HTMl method can use external HTML dump tools (like html2text or lynx -dump) for better looking diffs. Further minor bugfixes and internal changes have been made.

        •  02 Mar 2007 18:18

          Release Notes: In "html" and "diff" mode, ranges can be specified using regular expressions. This is especially useful for almost static pages with dynamic parts like "xx users online", time and date, etc. Some bugs were fixed, especially exception handling. Exit codes are used now to indicate errors.

          •  27 Feb 2007 08:48

            Release Notes: A new "html" test method was added. It is like the "diff" method, except that it ignores text between "<" and ">". This makes the resulting output more readable for HTML files. The manual page was enhanced with examples.

            Recent comments

            19 Mar 2007 04:55 sbeyer

            Re: A new name?


            > There is some httpdiff, netdiff and wwwdiff projects. :(

            You are right. I decided for "netstiff". It's a rhyme and there are no google hits yet. So the next version will be released under the name "netstiff". What do you, users, think about it?

            (Alright, I think there can't be a better name than "webdiff", but I want a unique name.)

            Regards,

            Stephan Beyer

            02 Mar 2007 18:04 vcub

            Re: A new name?


            > Hi,

            >

            > the name &quot;webdiff&quot; is

            > conflicting with the tool with the same

            > name in &quot;websec&quot;. Does any

            > user have nice ideas for a new name of

            > my webdiff?

            >

            > What about &quot;netdiff&quot;? ;-)

            >

            > Regards,

            > Stephan

            There is some httpdiff, netdiff and wwwdiff projects. :(

            02 Mar 2007 09:42 sbeyer

            A new name?
            Hi,

            the name &quot;webdiff&quot; is conflicting with the tool with the same name in &quot;websec&quot;. Does any user have nice ideas for a new name of my webdiff?

            What about &quot;netdiff&quot;? ;-)

            Regards,

            Stephan

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