August 21, 2006

eep – something odd going on with Warwick Podcast

I've noticed some odd behaviour with Warwick Podcasts that may need some further explanation.

Certain podcasts seem to have received very large traffic with a massive spike between the 11th and 15th Augustwith three podcasts getting an awful lot of traffic:

Muslims in Prison: 513
Sleep and Obesity: 1368 – I kind of understand this one
Oil Prices: 3469

the next highest number of downloads for the period is 62, which is why these numbers seem a bit odd to me.

The stats tool isn't giving me any useful info as to where the traffic is coming from, so I remain a bit bemused by the high numbers.

Not that I am complaining of course – the more the merrier after all.


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  1. Chris May

    Crappy spider. Looks like it's doing range requests; downloading the file a chunk at a time, rather than just slurping the whole file down in one go. The stats service doesn't understand range requests – it treats each chunk as a new hit, hence the apparently large number of hits. I guess we could add mp3realm.org to the list of known search engines, then you could filter it out with the 'exclude search engines' tool in stats.
    The request log has about a thousand lines of this:

    24.39.202.234 - - [14/Aug/2006:15:47:00 +0100] 0 "GET /newsandevents/audio/oil.mp3 HTTP/1.1" 206 10241 "-" "Mp3Bot (http://mp3realm.org/mp3bot/)"
    24.39.202.234 - - [14/Aug/2006:15:47:00 +0100] 0 "GET /newsandevents/audio/oil.mp3 HTTP/1.1" 206 900 "-" "Mp3Bot (http://mp3realm.org/mp3bot/)"

    21 Aug 2006, 10:50

  2. Hmm – I am not keen to stop services getting hold of our stuff, but would want to prevent this sort of crappiness. Interesting that it only appears to happen to these 3 releases and not the other ones and has not occured since. Perhaps I'll keep an eye on it and zap them if it happens again.

    21 Aug 2006, 10:58

  3. Mathew Mannion

    I think what Chris was talking about, rather than stopping the search engines from getting the stuff, would be to just add them to a list so that they don't display in the stats – so you'd be able to get more representative stats.

    21 Aug 2006, 11:25

  4. Now that would make sense

    21 Aug 2006, 11:37

  5. Ricardo

    Looks like it\’s reading the ID31/2 tags—this is what singingfish.com\’s /windowsmedia.com spider does.

    http://www.id3.org/id3v1.html

    31 Aug 2006, 03:35

  6. Ricardo

    Looks like it\’s reading the ID31/2 tags—this is what singingfish.com\’s /windowsmedia.com spider does.

    http://www.id3.org/id3v1.html

    31 Aug 2006, 03:35

  7. Ricardo

    Looks like it\\\\\\\’s reading the ID31/2 tags—this is what singingfish.com\\\\\\\’s /windowsmedia.com spider does.

    http://www.id3.org/id3v1.html

    31 Aug 2006, 03:36

  8. Ricardo

    Looks like it\\\\\\\’s reading the ID31/2 tags—this is what singingfish.com\\\\\\\’s /windowsmedia.com spider does.

    http://www.id3.org/id3v1.html

    31 Aug 2006, 03:36


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