On the DreamHost Web Panel I select the following in sequence: Main Menu > Status> Site Statistics > Web Server Statistics - Monthly Report > Failure Report: Listing files, sorted by the number of failed requests.
I have noticed that the following four items are always on the list of “failed requests” every month:
I have looked up the first two items on the internet and learned what they are. I have followed tutorials I found on the internet to create a favicon.png file but I realize that visitors to my website using some versions of the Internet Explorer web browser will create “failed requests” searching for a favicon.ico file. Similarly I have followed tutorials I found on the internet to create a very small sitemap.xml file. I once tried compressing the file to a sitemap.xml.gz file but I did not notice any significant change in file size. I got the impression from the tutorials that I should have either a sitemap.xml file OR a sitemap.xml.gz file.
My question is why do I get a few “failed requests” for a “gu.gif” file and a “stats” directory every month?
I have never knowingly created a gu.gif file or a stats directory on my website. I have kept backup copies on my computer of every change I have made to my website since I joined DreamHost in February so I have been able to search through the backup copies to verify this. I have tried doing internet searches for “gu.gif” expecting that it may be some form of standard filename similar to favicon.ico, sitemap.xml.gz or index.html that I should become aware of but I have not found any reference to a gu.gif file.
To the best of my knowledge the only statistics being collected regarding my website are the default statistics collected by the DreamHost Web Panel and whatever statistics the search engine robots (Google, Yahoo …) may collect. I am not aware of any reason to create a “stats” directory.
Does anyone know why I am getting a few “failed requests” every month for a “gu.gif” file and a “stats” directory?