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[EP-tech] Re: How to modify robots.txt and add a new bot?



All,

So I've found out how to update an archive's robots.txt.  More reading was needed on my part - :(.

By placing a robots.txt file into the archive's cfg/lane/en/static folder it is pulled and displayed instead of the default robots.txt file which is defined in the perl_lib/EPrints/Apache/RobotsTxt.pm file.

Answered my own question.
Sorry for the chatter.

-Brian.

Brian D. Gregg
Solutions Architect | Manager Systems Development
University of Pittsburgh | University Library System
Address: 7500 Thomas Blvd.  Room 129 Pittsburgh, PA 15208<https://maps.google.com/maps?q=7500+Thomas+Blvd,+Pittsburgh,+PA&hl=en&sll=41.117935,-77.604698&sspn=7.662465,13.73291&oq=7500+Tho&t=h&hnear=7500+Thomas+Blvd,+Pittsburgh,+Pennsylvania+15208&z=17>
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From: eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk [mailto:eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Brian D. Gregg
Sent: Friday, December 19, 2014 12:01 PM
To: eprints-tech at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Subject: [EP-tech] Re: How to modify robots.txt and add a new bot?

As a follow up, I've found that the perl_lib/robots.pm that I found is related to AWSTATS - so that isn't going to help here.  So please ignore that bit of info.

-Brian.

Brian D. Gregg
Solutions Architect | Manager Systems Development
University of Pittsburgh | University Library System
Address: 7500 Thomas Blvd.  Room 129 Pittsburgh, PA 15208<https://maps.google.com/maps?q=7500+Thomas+Blvd,+Pittsburgh,+PA&hl=en&sll=41.117935,-77.604698&sspn=7.662465,13.73291&oq=7500+Tho&t=h&hnear=7500+Thomas+Blvd,+Pittsburgh,+Pennsylvania+15208&z=17>
Tel: (412) 648-3264 | Email: bdgregg at pitt.edu<mailto:bdgregg at pitt.edu> | Fax: (412) 648-3585

From: eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk<mailto:eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk> [mailto:eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Brian D. Gregg
Sent: Friday, December 19, 2014 11:40 AM
To: eprints-tech at ecs.soton.ac.uk<mailto:eprints-tech at ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Subject: [EP-tech] How to modify robots.txt and add a new bot?

All,

I've noticed that we are getting crawled by what seems to be a newer robot "AhrefsBot" (http://ahrefs.com) That also seems to be ignoring the "Disallow: /cgi/" stanza as when looking at the logs or the apache server-status it is hitting things in /cgi.  :(

As a first measure to reign this bot in I'd like to add a parameter to the default robots.txt file "Crawl-Delay: 2" per their documentation (https://ahrefs.com/robot/) but not finding a simple way of doing in EPrints so I started to go through the files and ran across: perl_lib/EPrints/Apache/RobotsTxt.pm where I see what is the default definition for the robots.txt file.  I've updated that file and restarted the web server but alas the robots.txt file does not change.

So two questions:

1.       Does anyone have a hint on what needs to be done to identify a new bot correctly?  I've also found the perl_lib/robots.pm but not sure where to add the AhrefsBot to the file.

2.       Does anyone know how to update the robots.txt file?  Is it per archive?

Thanks,
Brian Gregg.


Brian D. Gregg
Solutions Architect | Manager Systems Development
University of Pittsburgh | University Library System
Address: 7500 Thomas Blvd.  Room 129 Pittsburgh, PA 15208<https://maps.google.com/maps?q=7500+Thomas+Blvd,+Pittsburgh,+PA&hl=en&sll=41.117935,-77.604698&sspn=7.662465,13.73291&oq=7500+Tho&t=h&hnear=7500+Thomas+Blvd,+Pittsburgh,+Pennsylvania+15208&z=17>
Tel: (412) 648-3264 | Email: bdgregg at pitt.edu<mailto:bdgregg at pitt.edu> | Fax: (412) 648-3585

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