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Re: stopping webcrawlers using robots.txt

From: Thomas Beale <Thomas.Beale_at_OceanInformatics.biz>
Date: 2006-07-09 22:58:56 CEST

Bob Proulx wrote:
>> ...
>> <Location />
>> DAV svn
>> SVNParentPath /usr/local/var/svn
>>
>
> Oh, I see. You have configured your subversion repository as the only
> visible paths in your web server. In my opinion you have made a bad
> choice of repository location. By putting it in the root directly you
> have prevented your ability to do anything else with your web server.
> At that point I think you are unable to do what you want.
we chose that URL so as to be able to have http://svn.openEHR.org (i.e.
our main URL is http://www.openEHR.org). Does no-one else do this? It
seems an obvious thing to do....
> So to
> answer your question, in your configuration you can't. I suppose you
> could check in robots.txt into the top level of your repository. But
> then it would be part of your project and so forth.
>
no, I think that would just be plain confusing, and I don't think it
would work anyway....but surely there is a way to tell apache to deal in
a certain way with a request straight off '/' , even with this
configuration?

I don't think changing the URL is an option - it is published all over
the place - everyone in our community knows it. I know we could put some
kind of redirect in, but that seems a pretty poor option as well....I am
quite surprised to find that the configuration which seems to be
preferred by the subversion manual is not compatible with managing web
robots...

- thomas

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