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From "Boyle Owen" <Owen.Bo...@swx.com>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] How to disable web accelerators
Date Fri, 28 Jul 2006 07:19:25 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gerard Seibert [mailto:gerard@seibercom.net] 
> Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 12:25 AM
> To: users@httpd.apache.org
> Subject: [users@httpd] How to disable web accelerators
> 
> I am not sure if this is the right place to ask or not. How do I go
> about disabling the use of web accelerators like FasterFox or 
> the Google
> Web Accelerator? I have noticed that several sites now have a 
> warning pop
> up if you are using such a device and refuse you access until it is
> turned off.

To add to Emmanuel's comments about the user-agent, another way you can
limit the effect of FasterFox is to deny it in robots.txt (see
http://www.robotstxt.org/) Put these lines in your robots.txt file:

	User-agent: Fasterfox
	Disallow: /

According to the robot exclusion standard, robots are supposed to access
this file first on hitting a website and then obey the instructions
therein that aplpy to them. In the case of FF, the above lines say "take
a hike".
The original version of fasterfox didn't bother to check robots.txt (I
don't think the developers had heard of it) but after some
representations from the web admin community, the current version now
obeys it.

Note that the robot exclusion standard is a voluntary code - most
well-behaved robots obey it (eg, htDig) but there is nothing to stop an
evil-bot from ignoring it completely.

Rgds,
Owen Boyle
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