[PYTHON DOC-SIG] Needed Python docs in RTF format

Christian Tismer tismer@tismer.com
Mon, 03 Mar 1997 15:46:44 +0100

> I recently posted a "webchecker" script which is not quite a web
> grabber.  It is also on ftp.python.org in /pub/tmp (until I find a
> better place for it).  It should be straightforward to turn this into
> a grabber.

A similar but even easier solution is (and I did it :) :
Use Guido's /tools/scripts/ftpmirror.py on the appropriate directory
of ftp.python.org, since the whole site is accessible through FTP.

If you just want to grab HTML and use a fresh directory it works
immediately. There is a minor NT/W95 related bug with binary files
and the rename function.

I'd just let it grab the whole

> Much longer ago I posted a "robot" thingie for the same purpose that
> is better forgotten.  I believe I saw a post from someone else who had
> turned it into a grabber, recently.

But ftpmirror is still alive, isn't it?

Sorry, I was nearly ready with the last patches for the NT problems,
firewall traversal and that stuff, but by testing it I wrote it over
with the old version (yes, like a greenhorn), so it make take some
time until I'll want to write it again :-/

BTW, to the makers of FTPlib: It is not fire proof. There are 
circumstances where it will hang, or report a wrong error.
I tested it with a WinGate beta which gave incomplete messages
partially. Someone should enhance the error handling.
(in the hope you don't suggest me..:)

- chris

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