We make use of the
robots.txt file to prevent Google (and other search spiders) from crawling certain pages/directories in our domain. Some of these directories/files are secret, meaning they aren't linked (except perhaps on other pages encompassed by the
robots.txt file). Some of these directories/files aren't secret, we just don't want them indexed.
If somebody browses directly to
www.mydomain.com/robots.txt, they can see the contents of the
robots.txt file. From a security standpoint, this is not something we want publicly available to anybody. Any directories that contain secure information are set behind authentication, but we still don't want them to be discoverable unless the user specifically knows about them.
Is there a way to provide a
robots.txt file but to have it's presence masked by John Doe accessing it from his browser? Perhaps by using PHP to generate the document based on certain criteria? Perhaps something I'm not thinking of? We'd prefer a way to centrally do it (meaning a
<meta> tag solution is less than ideal).