Opera's Favourite Icon

I’ve been getting wound up recently by Opera spamming my apache logs with errors about missing favicon.ico files. So here’s some instructions for removing this annoying default behaviour:

http://groups.google.co.uk/group/opera.general/browse_thread/thread/601683ed17b42762/ac5685ea6a310180?lnk=st&q=opera+favicon+request+error&rnum=1#ac5685ea6a310180

Symptom

You’ll spot the problem because there will be lines in the apache error.log file which look like this (this error is from a windows machine)

File does not exist: C:/www/favicon.ico, referer:

Normally, on a public website, I’d ignore this unless you do have a favicon set up. However I’m developing locally and so its my copy of Opera that is causing this crud in the files.

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