I'm administering a site that uses a CMS, and the only access I have to the filesystem is through ajaxplorer. I'd like to remove pictures, documents, etc. that aren't being used or linked to. Is there a way to tell what files on the site are being used, other than scraping the site and manually comparing file lists?

  • Are you trying to monitor any specific files or file types? Files within your root web server folder or files outside the root folder?
    – Anagio
    Jul 25, 2012 at 14:55
  • I want to remove any files that aren't being used or linked to. Edited question to clarify. Jul 25, 2012 at 15:10
  • Just thinking aloud... If there was a tool that could compare the raw access.log with the actual file system then you could perhaps get a list of files that had not been requested during a period of time?
    – MrWhite
    Jul 28, 2012 at 10:24

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There's no easy way of knowing which files are linked to or being used with ajaxplorer. Images could be linked to within a style sheet ie; background:url('image.png'); Or inserted with AJAX, jQuery, PHP or some other client side or server side language.

Xenu link sleuth is a quick way to gather all file URL's on a site, you can then export to TBS/CSV and open it in excel to see the list and sort by file type. http://home.snafu.de/tilman/xenulink.html

You'd then have to compare files.

I would ask for FTP access it would make your job a lot easier administering the server and keeping it clean.

  • Unfortunately, FTP access is not possible - the site is hosted elsewhere and they manage it. Thanks for the link to Xenu's Link Sleuth. It does what I need. Jul 25, 2012 at 19:43

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