In my dblog occassionally I am seeing query coming probably from search engines for links as


I wonder how possibly search engine got idea to query that kind of links (of course those links are not exposed to anonymous users)

I have xml sitemap installed but no such links exists in the index

When I query google for that link, I see that link is present in index (of course clicking on that link leads to access denied page), and also shows

A description for this result is not available because of this site's robots.txt

  • This isn't really a Drupal question and should be posted somewhere else, by the way. – Alfred Armstrong Apr 4 '13 at 8:23
  • It thought it may be Drupal related if Drupal configuration leads to the problem, or Drupal configuration may prevent the problem. – NenadP Apr 4 '13 at 8:45

One possibility is that one or more logged-in users have Google Toolbar or something similar installed. I don't have it installed any more because I noticed when developing locally that every time I fetched a page in my browser the request was repeated by the toolbar, presumably sending it to Google.

In my experience there is no such thing as a non-public URL as far as Google is concerned. Any URL can be listed for indexing and so crawlers may attempt to fetch it from time to time. I suspect other tools may record URLs in a similar manner.

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  • Thanks Alfred for this very interesting insight! I wonder could it be prevented with more restrictive robots.txt. I will have to look into that. – NenadP Apr 4 '13 at 9:14

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