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Google CHTML Proxy disobeying robots.txt




1:35 am on Aug 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I set up a bad bot trap to disallow spiders that don't care about my robots.txt file, and to my surprise I caught Google CHTML Proxy/1.0 from IP (which is a Google IP).

The robots.txt file has been unchanged for weeks, definitely enough time for any willing spider to read it. Any ideas why it's still being ignored by this particular bot?


1:51 am on Aug 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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A proxy doesn't have to respect robots.txt because it's not a spider. There's a person behind it. Check out




2:14 am on Aug 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Pete, still learning something new every day. :)

I'm still a little bit confused, though. According to that information, Google CHTML Proxy shouldn't be sniffing around in hidden directories that are only accessible via hidden links. (If it's just following human clicks, why does it follow a link that cannot be seen by humans?) Hm...


2:35 am on Aug 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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This WW thread might help:


And I'm just going to suppose here, so: Suppose what's displayed in a chtml-capable browser is different than a "normal" html browser. Might it be that those "hidden" links aren't so hidden.

Just specualtion.


12:16 pm on Aug 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Ah ok, thanks - now it makes sense.

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