[CentOS] favicon.ico and robots.txt

Robert Heller heller at deepsoft.com
Sat Aug 29 00:51:52 UTC 2009

At Fri, 28 Aug 2009 11:46:43 -0400 CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org> wrote:

> Hello,
> 	I'm running an apache 2.2 webserver on centos 5.3. I'm seeing
> frequent requests for robots.txt and favicon.ico from the logs those files
> should be in the document root area. What are these files, is this something
> the rpm installs, or do i have to retrieve or generate them?

Both files are *optional*.  

robots.txt is a per-virtual host file that tells 'friendly' robots (eg
googlebot or yahoo's slurp and what not) what you want them to spider
or not spider in your web site.  If robots.txt is missing, the spiders
spider everything they have a link to.  Google for this file -- there
are lots of web pages that explain what this file should contain.

favicon.ico is something IE (and later FireFox, etc.) look for to put
next to the URL in the location field and to save with the URL in the
client's bookmarks.  By default it just shows some default icon.  This
is mostly a vanity thing.  You just create a some little 16x16 pixel
version of your logo or service mark or something and bundle it into a
.ico file and drop it at root of your web pages.

> Thanks.
> Dave.
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