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What does this error mean?

     
9:31 pm on Jun 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Checking my error logs (admittedly for the first time on a 5yr old site) it is virtually full of items like this:

File does not exist: /home/****/public_html/directory name/null, referer: [mysite.com...] directory name/filename
[Mon Jun 03 22:21:13 2013] [error].

A link goes from the name referer to the index page in that directory. Using a link checker show no problems.

What does this mean - where does that null come from
10:11 pm on June 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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You need to cross-check against your access logs. But even the error logs should tell you who got the error. That's, uh, their IP, not their name ;)

In the obfuscated part of your post, does "/same" mean the literal text "/same" or do you mean that the request came with an auto-referer (currently popular robot trick)?