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Sunday February 19, 2006
05:29 AM

Is use Perl blocking my scraper?

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For a few days now, the Planet use Perl feed I have been offering has not updated. I hadn’t noticed, because it’s not particularly engineered to report failures.

I finally noticed the conspicious absence of new entries and checked whether it really had been that silent for the past couple of days. Of course it hadn’t. So I hit up the server and started investigating. Lo, use Perl returns 403 Forbidden regardless of which tool I use and which URL I attempt to fetch. It appears to be telling any connection from that IP to sod off.

I don’t know what’s going on, but if you were relying on my feed, now at least you know can’t anymore for the time being.

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