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Question concerning Disallow and *
augustwind




msg:4004409
 5:58 pm on Oct 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

We have multiple folders in multiple locations where a subfolder is "popups", none of which we want crawled.
In the robots.txt file, would the following be valid, then?
disallow: */popups

 

goodroi




msg:4006181
 12:25 pm on Oct 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

The big 3 search engines will accept it and will block all subfolders that are named popups. You are using wildcard aka pattern matching which technically it is not an official part of the robots.txt protocol. Some of the smaller engines which may have trouble with this unofficial work around.

Jonesy




msg:4009138
 11:09 pm on Oct 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

I thought is was good enough to use:
disallow: popups/
to cover _all_ "popups" sub-directories on a site.

bigcat1967




msg:4009784
 1:44 am on Oct 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

I think good is right - I believe you have to use a wildcard to cover everything (*)

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