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There is a generic bot (only identified as 'bot*') consuming most of my bandwidth and processing power. Blocking its IP stops it but since it comes from a well-known search-engine, I'd rather slow it down instead (it may be doing some useful experimental work). It's not the official crawler which actually visits my site a reasonable rate.

There is a similar question for GoogleBot which I have no problems with. The culprit takes 16X more bandwidth! What I need though is a way to slow down a bot which is only distinguishable by IP. Is this possible?

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This is a Virtual Shared Host running Apache under Linux 64-bits with PHP 5.3.8. Although I have no direct control to the webserver, htaccess is enabled and I can have them add and configure modules on request.

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This question is rather light on details. It would potentially be helpful to know which OS, http daemon, and application language you're using. –  Peter Taylor Sep 28 '11 at 15:42
    
Good point! Edited the question with this information. –  Itai Sep 28 '11 at 16:31
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You can try the tips in this discussion. I think this can help you !

http://serverfault.com/questions/131364/apache-limit-the-number-of-requests-traffic-per-ip

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