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Does the leading / make any difference?

Sorry, I'm new to robots.txt

3:53 pm on Jan 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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A couple of months ago I decided to set up a robots.txt file to ban all bots from visiting a couple of pages on a couple of sites I run, I set it up as follows:

User-agent: *
Disallow: terms.htm
Disallow: contact.htm

However I find that all ot these pages are still being crawled, I have done a bit more research and now changed the file to read:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /terms.htm
Disallow: /contact.htm

The robots.txt file is in the root folder, and can be accessed by www.mysite/robots.txt

Is the leading / the problem, or would this not normally affect it? Any other suggestions?

Cheers for any advice,


1:07 am on Jan 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I've heard that some robots treat Disallows that don't have a leading slash as though they do, but I can't really confirm that.

The standard says to put a leading slash every time, so that's what I do. I don't see anything wrong with your syntax, so I don't think you should have any problems.