Re: [htdig] digger alias problem

Barry Zubel (
Tue, 16 Mar 1999 09:55:46 -0000

Change your reverse DNS for that host - its the only way that you can
guarantee it. This is where the remote host gets this information.

In your case (using your website address at the bottom) you would need to
change the zone file so that the PTR record for is 'htdigger' instead of 'rv31xz'

Barry Zubel
Technical Manager
City Mutual Ltd

-----Original Message-----
From: Ralf Wigand <>
To: <>
Cc: <>
Date: Tuesday, March 16, 1999 9:49 AM
Subject: Re: [htdig] digger alias problem

>On Tue, Mar 16, 1999 at 08:45:09AM +0100, Walter Hafner wrote:
>> > the machine the digger runs on has several aliases. While digging
>> > WWW-Servers, their maintainers complain about a machine rv31xz making
>> > huge amount of traffic on their webserver.
>> >
>> > I want to modify not only the referer or the user-agent, but also the
>> > name the digger announces himself to the remote webserver. in other
>> > from the remote webservers logfile:
>> > BAD: rv31xz - - [15/Mar/1999:16:15:54 +0100] "GET /server-status
>> > GOOD: htdigger - - [15/Mar/1999:16:15:54 +0100] "GET /server-status
>> >
>> > with htdigger being an alias to rv31xz.
>> >
>> > Is there an option for this?
>> Yes: "server_aliases"
>NO! I am NOT talking about the visited hosts, but the machine htdig runs
>To make it clear once again: the machine collecting the html-files with
>htdig is our webserver, which is one of a pool of machines with names like
>rv31xz, rv32xz etc. the active one has an alias name www. So when htdig
>makes a hostname lookup whats the name of the machine it is running on,
>it gets back this cryptic rv32xz name and NOT the alias www.
>Admins of a REMOTE server see entries in their logfiles like the one
>marked with BAD on top of this message. I want to give the htdig-program
>a dedicated server name, thats what I am looking for.
>Still need help!
>Ralf Wigand (webmaster of the day)
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