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Re: [Bug-wget] history of --random-wait

From: Ángel González
Subject: Re: [Bug-wget] history of --random-wait
Date: Wed, 06 May 2015 01:05:01 +0200
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On 05/05/15 01:58, lev wrote:
Question: What's the story behind wget's "--random-wait" Option.

According to the man page

"…A 2001 article in a publication devoted to development on
a popular consumer platform provided code to perform this analysis on the fly. Its author suggested blocking at the class C address level to ensure automated retrieval programs were blocked despite changing DHCP-supplied addresses."

I am very interested in the story behind this, but I can't find any information
 on this topic in the changelog file, through search engines, etc.

Thank you very much in advance for your time and efforts!


That's an interesting history-digging question!
  (yes, this mailing list address is the appropiate place)

The commit that added it (2c41d783c) says:
Submitted by Alan Eldridge in

Due to the time, I thought it would have been on either address@hidden <mailto:address@hidden>* or

address@hidden <mailto:address@hidden>* (the old mailing lists) for which http://wget.addictivecode.org/MailingLists list a couple of mirrors.

However, gmane archives begin on 2002-04-25 and 2005-03-15 respectively.

I also looked on sunsite.dk (not dotsrc.org) news server, but although there's a sunsite.wget group, they don't contain archives (seems they follow the usual usenet expiry rules).

Probably Hrvoje or one of the old users still have those archives from *15 years ago*. If that fails, address@hidden <mailto:address@hidden> may still have the mailing lists archived somewhere.

PS: I think I may have read years ago the 2001 article refered in the documentation (or a similar one), but I have no idea on which url it was or how I got it.

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