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Hello, I was checking my apache log file and I found the following entry, can someone let me know what this means and is it something I need to be concerned about,

GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 482 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm

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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE earned 1000 total points
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It is the Bing search engine's bot crawling (indexing) your website. Not too much to worry about, if you want it to stop crawling your site, create a robots file, sample of how to do that is here: http://linuxpoison.blogspot.tw/2009/02/how-to-create-and-configure-robottxt.html
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It is actually a good thing for you if you want to show up in search results.

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Hi,

This log does not look complete to me. The date/time, remote machine IP address and requested URL are missing.  

We can break down your log as follow:

GET / HTTP/1.1 = Http get request.
" 200 482 "= Http response which was 200 and it took the server 482 ms to response.
-" = something is missing
"Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm = The browser user agent.

I checked on one of my servers for Bing bot and here is what I have:

157.55.34.179 - - [06/Mar/2013:08:24:57 -0600] "GET /robots.txt HTTP/1.1" 200 114 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm)"

As you can see, the log which you had provided is not complete.
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