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I need to disallow all the files in the root directory, but allow the sub-directories. So, is it allowed (and does it work) to write the following in robots.txt file?
Most of these files are txt. So, alternatively, will the following work also?
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Google supports extensions to the Standard for Robots Exclusion, but they are the only ones I know of. See their Wbemaster Help pages for more info.
If possible, re-arrange your directory structure into two branches - one branch for files you want indexed, and another for files you don't want indexed. Then you can exclude robots from entire directories, without relying on a technique that only Google supports.
The Standard was invented in simpler times, and is not very flexible. This should be considered when initially designing your sites.