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2:28 am on Dec 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Evening All,

Just a quick question... I notice that many robots.txt files will have something like this:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /cgi-bin/
Disallow: /secure/

User-agent: googlebot
Disallow: /cgi-bin/
Disallow: /secure/

User-agent: slurp
Disallow: /cgi-bin/
Disallow: /secure/

My question is: What is the point of listing the user-agent when * is already specified? Is this necessary or just being used as a backup?

Thanks in advance!

2:53 pm on Dec 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



Is this necessary...

No

...or just being used as a backup?

Paranoia ;)

3:06 pm on Dec 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



www.robotstxt.org

Trouble is, many people don't bother to read it properly ;)