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Hi,

I have a custom 404 page that send me emails (using PHP mail function) when there is a file not found on my server. Today I received this :

Sat Jun 21 2008 1:35:20 pm CDT
66.249.65.99 // crawl-66-249-65-99.googlebot.com tried to load http://www.mydomain.com/function.require
User Agent /Browser = Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)

GoogleBot seems to be looking for a file called "function.require" on my website. Can anybody explain what is going on?

I have 2 such errors, second one was with "function.main" instead of "function.require"
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by:codeQuantum
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This morning, I got error reports showing that MSN bot is doing the same thing as GoogleBot :

65.55.212.240 // livebot-65-55-212-240.search.live.com tried to load http://www.louisst-jean.com/function.require
User Agent /Browser = msnbot-media/1.0 (+http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm)

And :

65.55.212.240 // livebot-65-55-212-240.search.live.com tried to load http://www.louisst-jean.com/function.main
User Agent /Browser = msnbot-media/1.0 (+http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm)

I am starting to think there is some code on my site that induce the spiders in error and make them think there are such links as function.main and function.require. I made a search on my code (using dreamweaver "site wide" code search) for "function.main", and this text appears nowhere on my code...

How do I fix this?
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by:Michel Plungjan
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sounds like php require
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by:codeQuantum
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I have my doubts about that theory.

1) I don't have any PHP require in my code. I only use the require_once() function. (I verified a minute ago, so I am sure of that.)
2) I am aware that PHP can return an error code with function.require. But why would the spiders apply that as a URL?

There are require functions in javascript too. By the way, I am using Google Analytics, Scriptalicious, Prototype, and Lightbox on my site.
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by:codeQuantum
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Wow. So the spider is visiting a page... where it is getting a mysql error... and it indexed the function.require link and is now trying to read it...

Mystery solved, thanks.
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