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From Tonu Mikk <>
Subject [users@httpd] creating a custom error while restricting access
Date Tue, 30 Oct 2007 16:29:23 GMT

I have set up two virtual hosts in my Apache 2.0 httpd.conf file running 
on Windows XP.  I am restricting which IP addresses can access the pages 
like so:
<Directory      C:/somefolder/*>
                # Restricting by IP access
                AllowOverride None
                Options None
                Order deny,allow
                Deny from all
                Allow from domain.maindomain
                Allow from
                Allow from localhost
When people are not in the allowed subnet range, they get a Forbidden 
(Error 403) message.  I would like to modify this message. 

I read that I could accomplish this by creating a htaccess file in 
htdocs and put an entry into that file that points to the custom error 
page.  My htaccess file now looks like this:
Error 403 Forbidden 403error.html
However, I still get the default error page.  I am not able to access 
the 403error.html directly either.  This is probably because, htdocs is 
no longer home directory for serving pages.  I tried placing the 
htaccess and 403.html file into c:\somefolder ,but that did not produce 
the custom error message either.

How should I create the custom error message when using virtual hosts 
and restricting access to the folder?

Thank you,


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