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From Evan Platt <e...@espphotography.com>
Subject [users@httpd] 404's to robots.txt?
Date Tue, 21 Jul 2009 23:56:00 GMT
So I've noticed quite a lot of connections from web spider programs. 
I've had a robots.txt
(User-agent: *
Disallow: /)  For a long time. But looking closer in my apache logs, 
am I reading right that it's giving a 404?

65.55.106.173 - - [21/Jul/2009:09:44:43 -0700] "GET /robots.txt 
HTTP/1.1" 404 208 "-" "msnbot/2.0b (+http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm)"
65.55.106.112 - - [21/Jul/2009:10:11:43 -0700] "GET /robots.txt 
HTTP/1.1" 404 208 "-" "msnbot/2.0b (+http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm)"
65.55.106.166 - - [21/Jul/2009:11:03:35 -0700] "GET /robots.txt 
HTTP/1.1" 404 208 "-" "msnbot/2.0b (+http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm)"
65.55.106.160 - - [21/Jul/2009:11:09:07 -0700] "GET /robots.txt 
HTTP/1.1" 200 28 "-" "msnbot/2.0b (+http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm)"
65.55.106.180 - - [21/Jul/2009:11:35:34 -0700] "GET /robots.txt 
HTTP/1.1" 404 208 "-" "msnbot/2.0b (+http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm)"

Same day, no changes made:
X.X.X.X - - [21/Jul/2009:16:47:44 -0700] "GET /robots.txt HTTP/1.1" 
304 - "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; 
rv:1.9.1.1) Gecko/20090715 Firefox/3.0.7, Ant.com Toolbar 1.3 (.NET 
CLR 3.5.30729)"
Z.Z.Z.Z- - [21/Jul/2009:16:49:10 -0700] "GET /robots.txt HTTP/1.1" 
200 28 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US) 
AppleWebKit/530.5 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/2.0.172.30 Safari/530.5"

Two different IP's. One myne, one a friends.

Any suggestions as to why (if I'm reading the log right) I'm handing 
out a 404 to it appears just web crawlers?

# httpd -v
Server version: Apache/2.2.3
Server built:   Jun 16 2009 11:28:50

Don't know what other information is needed to help troubleshoot... 
Running on a os//x box.
http://www.espphotography.com/robots.txt if you want to take a look...

Thanks. :)

Evan


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