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From Justin Pasher <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Protecting a Directory
Date Fri, 03 Oct 2008 20:32:32 GMT wrote:
> I have a .htaccess and .htpasswd in a direcotry folder and i keep 
> getting this message no matter how i configure the htaccess file and 
> htpasswd files.
> Server Error!
> The server encountered an internal error and was unable to complete 
> your request. Either the server is overloaded or there was an error in 
> a CGI script.

The apache error log should have a little more information on why it is 
returning (presumably) a 500 error code. Perhaps the server is not 
configured to allow some other directives specified in the .htaccess 
file (such as the Options directive)?

Justin Pasher

> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Justin Pasher" 
> <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Friday, October 03, 2008 12:08 PM
> Subject: Re: [users@httpd] Protecting a Directory
>> wrote:
>>> There still seems to be alot of discrepancy on this issue. Whether 
>>> or not to use a .htaccess or directive command to protect a 
>>> directory so I'm looking for some answers on what works the best 
>>> usually.
>>>  Protecting a folder called xxxx
>>>  Alias /xxx "D:/"
>>> <Directory "D:/">
>>>     Options FollowSymLinks
>>>     AllowOverride None
>>>     Order deny,allow
>>>     Deny from all
>>> </Directory>
>>>  use .htaccess or how can I use the above directive to only allow a 
>>> specific user in?
>> The directives can be put in either place (apache config or .htaccess 
>> file). However, <Directory> cannot be used inside an .htaccess file, 
>> so you'll have to put the .htaccess file in the directory you wish to 
>> protect.
>> I assume you want the user to be prompted for a username/password 
>> when they visit the directory? Basic HTTP authentication will 
>> accomplish that for you.
>> -- 
>> Justin Pasher

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