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I use robots.txt to block all robots.txt compliant bots from a directory like this:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /sub/*

How can I override this so to allow Mediapartners-Google (AdSense) to /sub/?

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    You don't need the * on your Disallow rule. Disallow: /sub/ is equivalent because robots.txt rules are "starts with" rules. Using the * is fine for Googlebot, but many robots don't support it and those bots will see it as a literal star. Your rule is more widely understood without the star. – Stephen Ostermiller Sep 1 at 10:19
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Adding this at the top of the robots.txt works:

User-agent: Mediapartners-Google
Disallow:

N.B. you may need AdSense to download your robots.txt again, which I believe they do on a 24hr basis.

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