[webkit-dev] trac.webkit.org links via Google.com

Mark Rowe mrowe at apple.com
Mon Nov 30 22:52:41 PST 2009

On 2009-11-30, at 22:49, Eric Seidel wrote:

> Yeah, I could see how that would be the case.  I expect it would be possible to set it up to NOFOLLOW all the expensive links, but I doubt trac does that out of the box, and it's probably not worth the effort.

rel=nofollow doesn't do what you think it does.  It prevents a link from implying influence.  It doesn't prevent the link from being followed and the destination content from being indexed.

> I need to find a better solution for web-based search of our code.  Maybe the magical LXR stuff in the works at Mac OS Forge (mentioned in the other thread) will be the solution.

"git grep" is hard to beat.

- Mark

> On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 1:41 AM, Mark Rowe <mrowe at apple.com> wrote:
> On 2009-11-30, at 22:36, Eric Seidel wrote:
>> It's bothered me for a while that I can't just type "trac webkit Document.cpp" into Google and have it give me a trac link to our Document.cpp page.
>> http://trac.webkit.org/browser/trunk/WebCore/dom/Document.cpp
>> I checked http://trac.macosforge.org/robots.txt tonight and low and behold we disallow "browser/" (which is where all these links live).  Curious if this is intentional, and if we should change this setting?
> Web crawler indexing of Trac is seriously painful for the servers involved.  The entire SVN history of the repository is accessible.  File content.  Changes.  Annotations.  Everything.  That's not cheap to compute and serve up.
> - Mark

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