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From Joshua Slive <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Reposting of Question: Setting Up User Authentication For An Enti re Site
Date Fri, 15 Aug 2003 17:24:00 GMT

On Fri, 15 Aug 2003, Kaplan, Andrew H. wrote:
> I am going to be setting up user authentication for a single site on our web
> server. The idea is when a user brings up the website on his/her browser,
> he/she will be immediately prompted for a password. Once that is provided, the
> user will have access to the various sections of the site that have
> been set up. I was planning on using the .htaccess file for the passwords, and
> configuring the httpd.conf file so that password authentication will take
> place at the root of the Documents directory.
> FYI:
> Operating System is Mandrake Linux 9.0
> Apache version is 2.0.46, and is located in /usr/local/apache
> Root directory for documents (including .htm and .html files but not .cgi's) is
> /var/www/Documents
> Is this the way to go? Thanks.

Did you read:

In general, directives should not be placed in .htaccess unless you really
need them there.  If you really want to protect everything on the site,
put your auth directives in httpd.conf inside a <Location /> </Location>


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