Bots - download count

Topics: Ecosystem
Aug 28, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Are there any known bots fetching NuGet packages daily from the official feed? Some of my packages have suspicious download counts. Most likely nobody's really using them and yet they get 1 or 2 downloads per day.

Here's an example: http://nuget.org/packages?q=nhwebconsole

These three packages are targeted to NHibernate v1, v2, v3 consumers, respectively. It seems highly unlikely that they all have the same download count, and that NHWebConsole3 has the same download count as NHWebConsole1.

Developer
Aug 28, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Most of the downloads seem to be legitimate installs of the package but there are quite a few downloads that appear to be not specifically sourced from the NuGet client - for instance Google Bot. We probably need a robots.txt to tell crawlers to not hit some of the gallery urls.

Developer
Aug 28, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Why is this thread posted in the Ecosystem section?