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From Darryl Cook <>
Subject Re: authorization question
Date Fri, 10 May 2002 15:20:28 GMT
Changing the UserDir should be the key to fixing this.... I inherited this
system and really dont like the setup with all the links but didnt want to
start changing things until I know the impact.   Setting the UserDir inside
the Virtual Hosts section should do the trick though......


Joshua Slive wrote:

> On Fri, 10 May 2002, Darryl Cook wrote:
> > Inside the httpd.conf file I have a directory section for
> > /usr/local/etc/httpd/htdocs/u/students which requires a password.  This
> > works fine except for the case where you put in a browser
> > httpd://server/~student-name.  It bypasses the password and lets you
> > right in.  If I put in httpd://server/students/student-name it requires
> > a password.
> >
> > Question:  How do I require the password for the ~student-name entry?
> > (without using .htaccess)
> There are a couple important details missing, but I should still be
> able to give some suggestions.  The main reason you are facing a problem
> is that you are mixing symlinks with multiple URLs accessing the same
> content.  This can certainly get you into trouble.
> My first suggestion would be to change your UserDir to
> UserDir /usr/local/etc/httpd/htdocs/u/students
> This would assure that all requests to the user directories go through
> the symbolic links, rather than some going through the links, and some
> going directly.
> Second, assuming your user directories live under /home/students (or
> something similar, you could use something like
> <Directory /home/students/*/public_html>
> # repeat the same auth directives as for
> # /usr/local/etc/httpd/htdocus/u/students
> </Directory>
> Joshua.
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