ignore.list man page

ignore.list — websec url monitoring configuration

Description

Ignore Keywords

When determining which parts of a particular web page has changed, you may want to skip those paragraphs that contains certain predefined words. For example, pages like InfoWorld, PC Magazine and PC Week often contain the current date/time regardless of whether there is new or changed content. In such cases, you can use Ignore Keywords to skip those paragraphs which contains date/time information.

Ignore keywords are stored in a file called "ignore.list" in the same directory as websec. Like the URL list, the ignore keywords are partitioned into different sections. Each section has a user-defined name. An example is shown below:

[General]
all rights reserved
an error occurred
click here
comments
copyright
[Date_Time]
January\s+\d{1,2}
February\s+\d{1,2}
March\s+\d{1,2}
April\s+\d{1,2}
May\s+\d{1,2}

In the example above, there are two sections: "General" and "Date_Time". You can use them in the URL list as follows:

Ignore = General

You can also use multiple sections at one go:

Ignore = General,Date_Time

If you use certain ignore keywords regularly, you might want to add them to a defaults section in the URL list.

Ignore keywords can contain regular expressions. For example, the ignore keyword "January\s+\d{1,2}" tells websec to look for the string "January", followed by one or more spaces, followed by at least one but not more than two digits.

Two sections of ignore keywords are supplied in this distribution. "General" contains some general ignore keywords which you may want to use. "Date_Time" contains date/time detectors coded using regular expressions. Feel free to add your own!

Ignore Urls

Most advertisements in webpages are of the following form:

<A HREF="http://page.url.com/advert/cgi-bin/" ...>
<IMG SRC="advert.animated.gif" ...>
Click here for free beer!
</A>

Such advertisements can be ignored when running webdiff using ignore URLs.

Ignore URLs are also stored in "ignore.list". They contain all of parts of the URL referred to by the <A HREF> tag which you want to ignore. An example is shown below:

[Adverts]
page.url.com/advert/cgi-bin/

Use the "Adverts" section in the URL list as follows:

IgnoreURL = Adverts

You can also use multiple sections at one go:

IgnoreURL = Adverts1,Adverts2

If you use certain ignore URLs regularly, you might want to add them to a defaults section in the URL list.

Like ignore keywords, ignore URLs can contain regular expressions.

An "Adverts" section is supplied in this distribution. Feel free to add your own!

See Also

url.list(5)

Author

Baruch Even <websec@ev-en.org> is maintaining this program.

Referenced By

url.list(5), websec(1).

2003-05-31 perl v5.22.1 User Contributed Perl Documentation