Sorry if this has been asked 100 times before, but can't find the exact answer through search.
If I block a directory in robots.txt eg. /carimages/ I know that the bots will not then visit that directory.
May seem a stupid question but does it also mean that the bots also won't retrieve any image from that directory, even if a page that allows bots retrieves an image from the directory eg. page code has...img src=carimages/car1.jpg?
(I don't want them to get the images on some of the pages, but do want the pages indexed).
robots.txt disallows using prefix-matching. Anything (directory, file, script, etc.) whose prefix matches the given pattern will be disallowed. Therefore, yes, all images in your /images/ directory will be disallowed, and will not be fetched by robots.txt-compliant robots.