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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] .htaccess
Date Wed, 23 Jun 2004 07:12:05 GMT
Having read the whole thread, here's my tuppence worth:

A 500 Internal Server Error does not come from an authorization failure.
This is an error from later in the process when something (eg, CGI, PHP)
fails while generating a dynamic page. So actually a 500 is good news -
it means that the authorization succeeded but that when apache then
tried to process the request, the page failed to execute. As Joshua
tirelessly points out, check the error_log for details of the failure...

The way to test this is to remove the authorization step - ie, remove
the .htaccess file. You say you tried this but then got a 401
Authorization Required. I can't understand this - are you absolutely
sure that you only have one set of Auth directives and that they are in
the .htaccess file? Also, you can only get a 401 if you provide faulty
credentials (bad pw, username etc). You don't get a 401 the first time
you visit the page - that's not what happened, is it? Please test again
and post back *exactly* what you tried and what happened (don't skip any

BTW, I just tried your URL and got a password challenge so at least the
authorization mechanism is being triggered.

Owen Boyle
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-----Original Message-----
From: Darla []
Sent: Dienstag, 22. Juni 2004 18:27
Subject: [users@httpd] .htaccess

I'm a newbie to Apache. When we were using WebCT 3.8 CE (running on an
Apache server 1) this worked fine, but it has not
worked since we upgraded to WebCT 4.1 CE (online course management
system and running on Apache 2). When you install WebCT it also installs
Apache 2 with it. I had an instructor resources folder password
protected using
the .htaccess file. 
Here is what I placed in the .htaccess file:
AuthUserFile D:/users/usrs
AuthName"Restricted Area"
AuthType Basic
Require user joebengal
It doesn't seem to matter where I place the user file, I still get the
error message, "An Internal Server Error"
Anyone have any ideas? 
Thanks in advance.
Darla Denton
WebCT Administrator
Cowley College
125 S. 2nd
Arkansas City, KS  67005
1-800-593-2222 (x5314) (work) (WebCT)

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