[Python-Dev] Curiousity

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Sat, 26 Apr 2003 12:48:41 -0400

> What is creating accesses to URLs like
> /doc/2.3a2//////////////////////////////about.html
> ???

I see these too (not that exact one though) and always in the form
/dev/doc/devel//////lib/<something>.  Grepping through today's access
log (/usr/local/log/httpd.access on creosote) suggests that these come
from Ultraseek.  This suggests that the spider on search.python.org
perhaps generates these.  It appears to generate such URLs with any
number of slashes between 1 and 6.  But I can't find any clues like
relative URLs using an extra / anywhere in those files.  It might be a
bug in Ultraseek's url joining algorithm.

A while ago some people were interested in upgrading our Ultraseek
setup, but that initiative seems to have fallen by the wayside. :-(

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)