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From "Boyle Owen" <Owen.Bo...@swx.com>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] dir protected with .htaccess - show a website, not a pop-up - possible?
Date Wed, 27 Sep 2006 10:14:14 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tomasz Chmielewski [mailto:tch@syneticon.net] 
> Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 11:07 AM
> To: users@httpd.apache.org
> Subject: [users@httpd] dir protected with .htaccess - show a 
> website, not a pop-up - possible?
> 
> I have a couple of directories which I protect with 
> .htaccess/.htpasswd.
> 
> So, whenever a user starts a browser and enters 
> http://server/protected, a
> pop-up authorization window shows up, and he/she is required 
> to give valid
> credentials.
> 
> Is there an easy way to replace the pop-up authorization 
> window with a web
> page of my own (some text, form with user/pass, help etc.)?

No. Not using Basic Authentication...

The pop-up is not sent by apache. It is produced automatically by the
client when apache responds with a 401 Unauthorized.

The only way to do what you want is to use a session-based approach (ie,
cookies) and forget about Basic Auth.

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

> 
> What I mean, I would rather display the user a web page 
> saying "You have
> to authorize, type your credentials, click here for help...", whenever
> he/she enters http://server/protected, 
> http://server/protected/file.pdf or
> http://server/protected/info.html, for the first time after 
> starting the
> browser.
> 
> 
> -- 
> Tomasz Chmielewski
> http://wpkg.org
> 
> 
> 
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