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A question on robots.txt files
~/ghealton/tmp/ or /tmp/ in /~ghealton/robots.txt

 3:39 pm on Aug 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

I have been looking at many robots.txt documents, including [searchengineworld.com...]
However I still have an important question.

When using home directories under Apache servers in my [exit109.com...] directory,
if I want to exclude /~ghealton/tmp/ to I use /~ghealton/tmp/, or like
so many people seem to use, /tmp/ in the Disallow statement in ~ghealton/robots.txt? If it is /~ghealton/tmp/ then you have a nother common error to add to the list of common problems.

At this time I am using BOTH to assure all spiders will avoid my files.



 4:05 pm on Aug 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hello ghealton, welcome to Webmaster World.

Robots Exclusion Protocol [robotstxt.org]

Pointless robots.txt URLs
http //www w3.org/admin/robots.txt
http //www w3.org/~timbl/robots.txt
ftp //ftp w3.com/robots.txt

So, you need to provide the "/robots.txt" in the top-level of your URL space. How to do this depends on your particular server software and configuration.

For most servers it means creating a file in your top-level server directory. On a UNIX machine this might be...



 4:05 pm on Aug 30, 2002 (gmt 0)


Welcome to WebmasterWorld!

Putting a robots.txt inside a directory that starts with "~" almost never works, since that is not the root directory. Most spiders will ignore it.

So you will need to use Disallow: /~ghealton/tmp in the root directory of your site.


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