[OSM-dev] robots.txt

Anthony osm at inbox.org
Sun Aug 15 20:16:38 BST 2010

On Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 3:03 PM, Peter Körner <osm-lists at mazdermind.de> wrote:
> Am 15.08.2010 18:39, schrieb Anthony:
>> I see http://planet.openstreetmap.org/robots.txt now has User-agent: *
>> and Disallow: /
>> Are we allowed to download the minute-replicate files as they become
>> available?  If not, what's the point of having them?
> Are you a robot?

No, but my perl script is.

On Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 3:12 PM, Nic Roets <nroets at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello Anthony,
> AFAIK, robots.txt only applies to recursive downloads. Given that file
> names follow simple patterns and timestamp files exist, it is really
> not necessary to run recursive spiders.

Thanks.  After this explanation and a quick reading of
http://www.robotstxt.org/faq/what.html I'm going to conclude that my
perl script is not restricted by robots.txt.

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