Msg#: 3850500 posted 12:45 pm on Feb 16, 2009 (gmt 0)
Your second snippet should work -- but only for search engines that explicitly state on their "webmaster help" page that they support wild-cards in robots.txt.
This is NOT part of the Standard for Robot Exclusion, but is a semi-proprietary extension. The standard implementation uses prefix-matching and does not support wild-card URL-paths. For those search engines not supporting wild-card extensions, you will need to state the "aaa" and "bbb" URL-path-parts explicitly, or re-architect your URL structure so that those variables occur at the end of your URL-paths instead of at the beginning. This is something to consider for your next new site or existing site re-design.
For the search engines that *do* support wild-carding, you can try something like: