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Re: Wget ignores robot.txt entry
Randall R Schulz wrote:
I have only two wgetrc related files as follows:
What's in your "~/.wgetrc" file? If it contains this:
robots = off
Then wget will not respect a "robots.txt" file on the host from which it
is retrieving files.
Before I learned of this option (accessible _only_ via this directive in
the .wgetrc file), I did something too clever by half to get robots.txt
ignored, so I know that wget does respect it.
NB: I use win98 and these are under my cygwin directory i:\cygwin (i.e.
I have never changed either file--I just accept the default installed by
setup. However, the two files differ by a few lines which are just
comments anyway. i.e. doing:
$ diff /etc/wgetrc /usr/doc/wget-1.8.2/sample.wgetrc
< # You can set the default proxy for Wget to use. It will override the
< # value in the environment.
> # You can set the default proxies for Wget to use for http and ftp.
> # They will override the value in the environment.
> #ftp_proxy = http://proxy.yoyodyne.com:18023/
shows this. Moreover,
$ grep robot /etc/wgetrc
# Setting this to off makes Wget not download /robots.txt. Be sure to
# know *exactly* what /robots.txt is and how it is used before changing
#robots = on
shows the only references to "robot" are also comments.
The stated default for wget is "robots=on" which I have seen honored for
quite a number of other downloads and since I didn't use "-e
robots=off", that can't explain it. The only other thing I have found
that might be related is not under my control and I haven't yet figured
out how to check it. From the wget documentation it states:
The second, less known mechanism, enables the author of an individual
document to specify whether they want the links from the file to be
followed by a robot. This is achieved using the META tag, like this:
<meta name="robots" content="nofollow">
This is explained in some detail at
<http://www.robotstxt.org/wc/meta-user.html>. Wget supports this method
of robot exclusion in addition to the usual /robots.txt exclusion.
Perhaps there is a counterpart to the above, i.e., <meta name="robots"
content="follow"> that's being involked and someone from Redhat could
check into and rule this out.
Thanks (and still puzzled)!
At 18:14 2003-02-13, L Anderson wrote:
Using the latest of things Cygwin, I downloaded some stuff with wget
from <http://cygwin.com> to peruse off-line and noticed a problem I
The <http://cygwin.com/robots.txt> file has the entries:
so wget should not download /cgi-bin/.
However, "wget -o cygwincom.log -m -p --no-parent -X /cygwin,/ml
http://cygwin.com/" downloads /cgi-bin anyway.
NB. "wget -o cygwincom.log -m -p --no-parent -X /cgi-bin,/cygwin,/ml
http://cygwin.com/ doesn't download /cgi-bin
I ran a validity check on <http://cygwin.com/robots.txt> and found no
Is this a bug in wget or am I doing something wrong?
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