Checking links with Python in TeX documents

As every year the German documentation for the TeX Live distribution is on my agenda. To check the more than 100 weblinks in the document I wrote a small Python script which does the job fairly well.

import re
import urllib2
filehandle = open("texlive-de-new.tex")
text =
# regexp from
m = re.findall('http[s]?://(?:[a-zA-Z]|[0-9]|[$-_@.&+]|[!*\(\),]|(?:%[0-9a-fA-F][0-9a-fA-F]))+', text)
i = 0
for item in m:
        print i, '\t', item, '\t',
            response = urllib2.urlopen(item)
        except urllib2.HTTPError, e:
                    print e.code
        except urllib2.URLError, u:
                    print u.args
        print "\n"


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