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Perl Web Site Management Scripts

News See also Recommended Links Global Replacement What's new generators Sitemap/index generators
WebSite monitoring Perl Wiki Mirroring Tools Problem tracking Table of content generators
Perl HTTP Logs Processing Scripts Dead Links Checkers Cheap Web hosting with SSH access Sysadmin Horror Stories  Humor Etc

 Web site is a tough mistress and tools are important in order to be able to keep your head above the water. Other things equal Perl scripts are most transparent and modifiable.


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[Jul 16, 2008] sitecopy 0.16.5 by Joe Orton

About: sitecopy allows you to easily maintain remote Web sites. The program will upload files to the server which have changed locally, and delete files from the server which have been removed locally, keeping the remote site synchronized. FTP and WebDAV are supported.

Changes: This release updates the bundled version of neon and fixes a bug in SSL certificate caching. A new mailing list is available.


Web-absence is a CGI application designed to help keep track of people in a group. It is intended to do one thing: allow the user to display the plans of all people in a group in a way that makes it easy to see who's present and who's absent. It is not intended for anything else. The resolution is one day.

You may remember a Tcl (yuck) application with a similar name from some years ago...

It could easily be adapted do handle reservations for any set of objects, as long as a resolution of a day is acceptable.

An example of a possible use is reserving machines/computers in a laboratory.

Web-absence is based on four Perl CGI-scripts that rely on seven back-end Perl modules written specifically for web-absence. For each month, an image (by default, PNG) is generated. Absences are created, edited, and deleted by clicking on the month-image.

Absence can be configured to use one of two modes to handle absence manipulations, server-side or client-side image maps.

[Dec 20, 2006] CGI-Shell

CGI-Shell provides a shell using CGI, so everyone who has a CGI directory on a Web server can also have a shell on it. It's comparable to telnet or SSH.

Stunnix Perl Web Server

Developed for writing browser-based applications and database-driven catalogues or presentations that reside on CDROM or DVD, internally implemented as Perl-driven or PHP-driven Web sites that store data in a database also located on CDROM. It produces a single CD that works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux/x86, without requiring any additional software on the user's computer. All an author needs to do to build a cross-platform browser-based application or CDROM is to copy scripts to their proper directories. HTML::Mason and mod_perl-like execution modes are supported for Perl-driven Web sites. *Changes:* A Web site can be automatically opened in MSIE in kiosk mode on Windows upon startup of the Web server. Support for PHP on Mac OS X has been fixed. Support for using the default browser on Windows has been fixed.

Project details for Dispair

Dispair (DISPlay Archives In Realtime) is a tiny CGI-script written in Perl that lets users browse tar.gz archives.

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Hexcol (Perl) Simple perl 5 script to calculate hex notation for web colors.

Elsop Webmaster Resource Center

a comprehensive site of software, site mappers, link validators, trade associations, computer law, webmaster humor, training, site development services, and more.


Written in Perl.

A fast, html link checker shareware package. This is a total rewrite of Rick Jansen's webxref, by Jim Bowlin. Written in Perl. Checks local files, remote sites, and remote links. Good documentation.


a huge catalog of contributed scripts you can use for Web development. Lots of samples in Perl, Java, JavaScript, Tcl, Shell, Applescript, VB, C/C++ and other languages. Well organized. WebPages 1.0 WebPages is a CGI script written in Perl

Can centralize all pages from several web servers containing this script, and merge them all into one page. It is especially useful for distributed sites that hold personal pages.


Alternate Download:

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webgrep is a set of 7 different check and search utilities for the web-master.

[April 16, 1999] Proxy Caching -- parameters using in caching

Recommended Links

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Helpful Administrative Scripts

What's new generators

Igor - February 16th 1999, 13:51 EST

Homepage: is a short script which will scan a web hierarchy and generate a table of web links (sorted by modification date) within that hierarchy.

WhatsNew/README.txt, 8611 bytes
WhatsNew/WhatsNew.cfg, 2966 bytes
WhatsNew/, 16525 bytes
WhatsNew/, 716 bytes
WhatsNew/, 397 bytes

Global Replacement


sarep (Console/Editors) Command-line search and replace tool written in Perl.
Sep 16th 1998, 21:51 stable: 0.32 - devel: none - license: freely distributable (Perl) A utility to replace all instances of a given text string with a new text string in all the files in a single directory.

Treesed -- Freeware
Treesed, a Perl program, is a search/replace tool for lists of files. It can search for patterns in a list of files, or even a tree of directories with files.

treesed pattern1 <pattern2> -files <file1 file2 ...>
treesed pattern1 <pattern2> -tree

Treesed searches for pattern1. If pattern2 is supplied pattern1 is replaced by pattern2. If pattern2 is not supplied treesed just searches. A list of files can be supplied with the -files parameter. Treesed is also capable of search/replace in files in subdirectories if you supply the -tree parameter. All files in the current directory and subdirectories are processed. Always a backup is made of the original file, with a random numeric suffix.



Sitemap generator creates a sitemap for all kinds of files (e.g., HTML and image files). It follows the directory structure on disk, creating a nested HTML list that contains the files' names or (in case of HTML) their titles, their last modified date, and their size. can be used as a normal commandline application or as a CGI script.

Upload/download CGI and Perl File Manipulation @1 File Upload & Download Manager

File Managements - Upload perl cgi scripts

Mega Upload -- Perl File Upload with Progress bar

FileUpload - Module for HTTP File Uploading.

[June 24, 1999] Five quick hacks to download the Web

This script allows people using browsers that are RFC1867 compliant to upload and download files directly from the web.

Language: Perl Platform: Unix, Windows

View Product Homepage

Download Complete Source Code, 0.010M bytes

Click file name to view online:, 10270 bytes
file.gif, 923 bytes
folder.gif, 916 bytes

File Upload version 6.0

This script allows Netscape users to enter a name for the file to be saved as, and then select a file on your computer to be uploaded to a WWW server. Administrators can configure which directory they will allow files to be uploaded inside the script to prevent tampering. This script is ideal for admin's who want to allow users to upload files, but don't want to issue separate telnet accounts or teach their users the ways of FTP.

Language: Perl Platform: Unix, Windows

View Product Homepage

Download Complete Source Code, 0.058M bytes

Click file name to view online:
file-upload.cgi, 13326 bytes
README, 14017 bytes
upload.html, 1669 bytes

Perl library that allows your scripts to access and retrieve files through HTTP.

Language: Perl Platform: Unix

View Product Homepage

Download Complete Source Code, 0.013M bytes

Click file name to view online:, 34818 bytes

Webget version 1.0

Given a URL on the command line (HTTP and FTP supported at the moment), webget fetches the named object (HTML text, images, audio, whatever the object happens to be). Will automatically use a proxy if one is defined in the environment, follow "this URL has moved" responses, and retry "can't find host" responses from a proxy in case host lookup was slow. Supports users & passwords (FTP), Basic Authorization (HTTP), update-if- modified (HTTP), and much more. Works with perl4 or perl5.

Language: Perl Platform: Unix, Windows

View Product Homepage

Download Complete Source Code, 0.042M bytes

Click file name to view online:, 43942 bytes

Dead Link Checkers

Dead Link Check 0.3 Martial MICHEL Wed Jul 21 14:37:18 EST 1999
Dead Link Check (DLC) is a Perl script designed to find information on validity of HTTP references. The script may use/generate a cache file for avoiding redoing network requests if the user want to check added entries. The script works by reading entries from a file (or a list of links from the command line) and output results in file(s) (or STDOUT). DLC was created as an extension to Public Bookmark Generator (PBM), but can be used by itself.

Release Notes:
Extended range of user redirection recognition. Adding an optional argument to the "later" option. Extended handling of ftp requests. Added "indicator" option for having a progress indicator (in percent) if running in maximum verbose mode. Extended code so that "Bad Host Names" are not network requested more than required. Option "userRedirect" now as the same effect as forcing a "GET". Extended return codes to HTTP/1.1 range (using RFC 2616). Bug fix in http to ftp redirect. (see changelog)


Dead Link Check (DLC) is a Perl script designed to find information on validity of HTTP references. The script may use/generate a cache file for avoiding redoing network requests if the user wants to check added entries. The script works by reading entries from a file (or a list of links from the command line) and output results in file(s) (or STDOUT). DLC was created as an extension to Public Bookmark Generator (PBM), but can be used on its own.

Version control

Table of contents generators


htmltoc documentation

htmltoc (Perl) htmltoc is a Perl program to generate a Table of Contents (ToC) for HTML documents.

Problem tracking

See also Web-based problem tracking tools for Unix

Random Findings

Loic Dachary - February 01st 1999, 11:54 EST

Mirror List:

Catalog allows to build and maintain Yahoo! style catalogs. It includes a browsing interface and an easy to use template system for customization of the HTML pages. It is fully documented and distributed under the GNU General Public Licence. Catalog is also included in CPAN.

VelociGen for Perl (VEP) 1.0c
VelociGen for Perl is a high performance web application server using Perl as its programming language. It features CGI compatible mode, allowing you to speed up your existing CGI scripts by as much as 20 times without modifying your existing code, as well as embedded mode which allows you to embed Perl code within your html pages, resulting in dynamic, template based pages. Standard Perl extentions can be used to access databases, create images on the server, and much more. The Linux version is free for non-commercial use.

This release has been updated to work with Apache 1.3.3. It is available for both Libc5 and Glibc based systems.

Fish Head @ 11/11/98 - 15:39 EST

Net::DNS version 0.12
Net::DNS is a Perl interface to the DNS resolver. It allows the programmer to perform any type of DNS query from a Perl script.

Language: Perl Platform: Unix

View Product Homepage

Download Complete Source Code, 0.090M bytes


Crnuke (Perl)
Reduce the size of your web pages with basic HTML compression using crnuke.



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