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From "Ahn, Chang" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] Can Apache automatically popup a dialogue box before allowing access to a file?
Date Tue, 20 Jun 2006 15:01:08 GMT
 I looked into using a protected realm, but with basic authentication, you can't change the
login box, so I can't display a disclaimer.

A javascript solution would be ok (even with the possibility of disabling popups); however,
how do I force everyone to view the JS popup for any and all requests for files (HTML, docs,
pdf, etc.) in a specific directory.

I was think maybe writing my own handler that would call a CGI.  

The CGI would check for some disclaimer agreement cookie. 
If not found, prompt the user with a disclaimer asking them to agree and submit.  Submit action
would send the user back to the original request.
If found, send them the original request (using PATH_TRANSLATION env).

This may sound lazy (probably because I am being lazy), but does anyone know a site with example
scripts (preferably Perl based).  The Apache docs for AddHandler How-to talk about /cgi-bin/
Anyone know if this actually exists and where I could find a sample?

-----Original Message-----
From: Boyle Owen [] 
Sent: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 2:14 AM
Subject: RE: [users@httpd] Can Apache automatically popup a dialogue box before allowing access
to a file?

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ahn, Chang []
> Sent: Monday, June 19, 2006 9:55 PM
> To:
> Subject: [users@httpd] Can Apache automatically popup a dialogue box 
> before allowing access to a file?
> Can Apache automatically popup a dialogue box before allowing access 
> to a file?

Basically, no. Popups are entirely under the control of the client (ie, the browser). 

Having said that, there a couple of things you can try:

- As Chris suggests, put the resource in a password protected realm and force a login.
- Use javascript to make a popup and then redirect to the resource onClick().

NB - the javascript "solution" only works if the client doesn't disable popups...  

Owen Boyle
Disclaimer: Any disclaimer attached to this message may be ignored. 

> I know SSI will allow me to add html fragments to a HTML page but I 
> need something that will work for MS docs, PDF, and other binary 
> files.  Basically, I want my users to agree to a disclaimer (or see a 
> disclaimer header/footer) before viewing
> a document.   When a user attempts to access a specific area 
> of my site, I want to popup some sort of dialog box asking them to 
> agree to my usage disclaimer.  I'd prefer it if Apache could 
> automatically display the dialogue box or footer on any file request 
> within a specific directory.
> - Chang
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