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From "Wouter van Vliet" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] .htaccess
Date Fri, 21 Nov 2003 09:29:21 GMT
As for generating htpasswd files and security of the .ht* files .. you can
ignore access to them with a <Files> directive, smth like

	<Files /^\.ht.*$/>
		Deny from all

would work. If you want to be sure about the syntax, check the docs at that will help you out.

Now generating .htpasswd entries.. Just provide the windows binary for that
somewhere to your users with some instructions. That's by far the most easy
way. Anybody knows if that's allowed by the license of Apache?


> -----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
> Van: Boyle Owen []
> Verzonden: vrijdag 21 november 2003 9:58
> Aan:
> Onderwerp: RE: [users@httpd] .htaccess
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Duane Barnes []
> >
> >Is there a way to allow ftp users to generate their own .htaccess and
> >.htpasswd files?
> A .htaccess file is just another file which happens to contain apache
> directives that you want to apply to the directory. The FTP-user can
> write one locally and upload it via FTP just as easily as he can upload
> an HTML or GIF or whatever. The trick from your side is that you have to
> "AllowOverride <something>" in the apache config for that dir so that
> apache is allowed to act upon the .htaccess directives.
> The .htpasswd file contains username;password pairs and is used to
> control access to a "realm" (ie a directory with behind a password
> challenge). Again, the user can upload this file as easily as any other,
> with a couple of caveats:
> - it is not normally a good idea to put a password file in the webspace;
> unless you don't mind people viewing it, you'd have to protect it from
> being accessed. Usually, it is safer to put password files outside the
> apache document tree.
> - your user will need access to the "htpasswd" binary to create the
> files in the first place (I suspect this might be the main point of your
> question). There is no built-in way for clients to access this program -
> you would have to craft a solution in CGI or something...
> Rgds,
> Owen Boyle
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