Solved

Interpreting entry in raw access log

Posted on 2014-10-30
2
149 Views
Last Modified: 2014-10-30
We have the following entry in our log:

 [09/Oct/2014:15:23:20 -0700] "GET /location1/location2/location3/doc1.pdf HTTP/1.1" 404 - "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)"
157.55.39.165

This entry is referencing a file that we removed from the server about 4 weeks earlier for security reasons.  In fact, the whole directory was removed.  Trying to get some info on this entry--does it just mean that the Bing Bot was previously aware that the file existed and was just trying to re-verify it or ?

Thanks.
0
Comment
Question by:Jason92s
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
2 Comments
 
LVL 35

Accepted Solution

by:
Seth Simmons earned 500 total points
ID: 40413761
that's what it looks like; trying to verify the link is still valid but returned a 404 so it probably removed it from it's index
0
 
LVL 84

Expert Comment

by:ozo
ID: 40414654
A web link to that entry may have previously existed somewhere (and may still exist somewhere even though the file and directory are removed)
Some bots may also construct links ex nihilo just to see if they can dig up something.
I might even construct a link to it in this post, if I could guess an address for the server
0

Featured Post

Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how we can use conditional statements using Python.
Google Drive is extremely cheap offsite storage, and it's even possible to get extra storage for free for two years.  You can use the free account 15GB, and if you have an Android device..when you install Google Drive for the first time it will give…
Learn how to navigate the file tree with the shell. Use pwd to print the current working directory: Use ls to list a directory's contents: Use cd to change to a new directory: Use wildcards instead of typing out long directory names: Use ../ to move…
Get a first impression of how PRTG looks and learn how it works.   This video is a short introduction to PRTG, as an initial overview or as a quick start for new PRTG users.
Suggested Courses

628 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question