John Bokma MexIT
freelance Perl programmer

Comments: Referers and Kudos


At night I was not able to sleep, maybe because of the heat, maybe because of all the excitement of having a scorpion in the house. Anyway, I decided to update my script for getting the top referers from the access_log created by the Apache HTTP server for this website. A referer often means that someone has put a link on her or his site to mine. Sadly, some people write programs (bots) that automatically visit many pages on a site, and fake the referer, so it looks like you have a link on their site. They probably hope to attract some curious webmasters that way. Those bots are easy to spot because they visit many pages in a very short time. Also some are badly written because they can't handle relative URLs well, and hence mess up the error_log too.

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