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From "Zohreh and Anthony Romano" <>
Subject Newbie - URL rewriting question(i think)
Date Sat, 24 Aug 2002 13:01:38 GMT

trying to accomplish something more than likely beyond my current
understanding of Apache, but here it goes any way....

Setup for discussion:
Doc root: /home/httpd/htdocs
userdir: /home/joes_dir/public_html

directory structure of web site:

Here is what I would like to do.  For starters I have checked online sources
for this but they seem to not cover this topic as well as I like.

The basic idea is that a user logs in, but not by way of apache auth, just a
simple form that checks against a db. creates a cookie with a md5 checksum.

The /data directory holds some files. These files I would like to make
accessible, but I would like to hide/restrict it as best as possible.  So
that only access from a url that I provide can gain access.

My thoughts were that I could use the md5 in the cookie and rewrite the url
somehow to include the md5, then have a small perl app in the /data dir that
is an external map, that validates access somehow.

But, once again, I am not sure if this is possible.  In general here is the
url I would like to generate:

I have seen some sites have this type of url. And I would like to implement
it.  I know perl, and can work my way around Apache to an extent.

Any help would be appreciated.

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