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 Matt's Script Archive: Random Link GeneratorVersion: 1.0 - Released: July 30, 1996
 
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Overview
Random Link Generator allows you to set up a page which has a link on it, or establish a link on an existing page, which, when clicked on, the user is taken to a random url pulled out of a list of urls that you specify. The list of URLs resides in a file and the newest version of the Free For All Link Page allows for automatic addition to this file of all new links. There are several downloading options available below and more information on this script can be found in the Readme file.
Readme
The Readme files at Matt's Script Archive contain detailed installation, configuration and usage instructions that will take you step by step from putting the scripts on your system to using them in your web pages. You should read these through and keep them by you when setting up or installing any MSA script. It is probably not a bad idea to print them out. Each compressed script package contains a plain text version of the Readme file, however the links below will take you to their HTML counterparts.

      Readme Files: Random Link Generator:
            - Copyright and Header
            - Overview
            - rand_link.pl
            - rand_link.html
Download
Random Link Generator can be downloaded in several different formats, or you can even have it mailed to you as a uuencoded file. Click on one of the links below to the appropriately compressed file and download options will appear.
Random Links file format: .zip (2.1kb), .tar.gz (2.6kb), .tar (10.2kb) 
The above distributions contain the following files you may wish to view:

      rand_link.pl - The perl script which randomly selects a URL and redirects the user.
      README - Includes installation instructions and a detailed description of use.
      rand_link.html - A sample HTML file that shows how to call rand_link.pl.
      rand_log - An optional log file to tell who has accessed the random links.
Working Demo
Several scripts at Matt's Script Archive lend themselves well to local working demonstrations. Random Link Generator is one of these and the working demo is available below. Click on the link to travel to a random site.

      Take me to a Random Site! (Working Demo)
Frequently Asked Questions
The Frequently Asked Questions Archive at MSA is the easiest and fastest way to get help. It contains a list of the most commonly asked questions as well as their answers. Check these out before you seek other means of help, as your question may be answered here already.

      Frequently Asked Questions: Random Link Generator:
            1. How do I format the link database?
            2. Are there any programs to help me create databases from web pages?
nms Random Link Generator
The following is a drop-in replacement for Random Link Generator developed by a project called nms. We have also supplied info about their goals and modifications.
nms Random Link Generator file format: .zip (5.7kb), .tar.gz (4.2kb) 
Modifications and Extras
Extras are customizations, example modifications or anything else which helps you add-on or better utilize your Random Link Generator script.

      Create URL Database
            Converts Free For All Pages to Random Link Databases.

      Convert 1.1
            Converts Netscape Bookmark files to Random Link Database.

 

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