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From Axel-Stéphane SMORGRAV <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] Ignore requests
Date Wed, 11 May 2005 07:08:34 GMT
I am not going to ask why logs are printed in real-time to a dot-matrix printer. Maybe that
is next best to sounding an alarm bell?

Apart from using something like "Redirect(Match)? (403|gone) /sumthin" which you already do,
what about directing error logs to a pipe that filters the entries you do not want to print?


-----Original Message-----
From: Joshua Slive [] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2005 6:27 PM
To:; Joel Bjurström
Subject: Re: [users@httpd] Ignore requests

On 5/9/05, Joel Bjurström <> wrote:
> I've been a victim for this annoying /sumthin-attack, I get quite a 
> few requests for that dir, that's very annoying, 'cause my (not very
> silent) dot-matrix printer is printing my error_log ;) So now i wonder 
> if i can make apache simply ignore requests for /sumthin, so it gives 
> no http-header, nothing.
> Now I'm using "Redirect gone /sumthin" in my .htaccess, so I don't get 
> any errors in error_log, but it would (IMO) be better to just drop the 
> request. Is that possible?

No.  Apache doesn't drop requests.

I think you are addressing the problem from the wrong angle.  Your problem is a very bad log
management system.  If you managed your logs more efficiently, these requests wouldn't be
a problem.


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