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Message 00197: Re: pacer crawl


this is not how we do things.  :)

we can't have thumper be an on-site patron at the library that is part of the 20-library pacer trial because we are cutting corners. we don't cut corners, we belly up to the bar and get permission.

if your librarian wants to do this, i'm on board. if you have a legal right to go to the library and be a patron and use the published procedure to grab data, i'm also on board. but, i'm not going to shave the rules. if we're coming in off-site, we can drain pacer, but you want a valid account and pay $0.08/page. then, we can do whatever we want with the data.

On Sep 4, 2008, at 7:41 PM, Aaron Swartz wrote:


On Thu, Sep 4, 2008 at 10:40 PM, Carl Malamud <xxxxxxx@media.org> wrote:
do you have your library's permission/tacit agreement to drain pacer? what


On Sep 4, 2008, at 7:38 PM, Aaron Swartz wrote:

the easiest thing would just to have a screen session open with a
couple perl scripts calling wget on the various pacer urls

On Thu, Sep 4, 2008 at 10:36 PM, Carl Malamud <xxxxxxx@media.org> wrote:

so, what specifically do you want to do on the box?

do you need to run scripts, cron jobs, etc...? periodically dump data
local crawlers?  run python jobs?

On Sep 4, 2008, at 7:30 PM, Aaron Swartz wrote:

it's a disk space thing -- last time I did something like this, i kept
filling up people's disks whenever the process moving stuff off
hiccupped. and if we're at speed the hiccups don't have to last long.

On Thu, Sep 4, 2008 at 10:26 PM, Carl Malamud <xxxxxxx@media.org> wrote:

i don't mind crawling pacer with a valid account.  that is our
box, so i wouldn't want to be too intensive, but in principle I suppose
could crawl straight from thumper.

is this a bandwidth thing?  not enough bits between your local
thumper to get the data over the wall?

if this is really serious, there are a couple other places we can put

let me know what you have in mind.

On Sep 4, 2008, at 7:23 PM, Aaron Swartz wrote:

On Thu, Sep 4, 2008 at 10:23 PM, Carl Malamud <xxxxxxx@media.org> wrote:

On Sep 4, 2008, at 7:22 PM, Aaron Swartz wrote:

I assume running the pacer crawl form thumper is not on, right?

so, what are you crawling?

the thumb drive corps is based on going to the library and using
access. other access is $0.08/page. do you have some kind of magic
or something?

just the library's account.