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From Benjamin Bullock <bull...@toolcity.net>
Subject general/2733: .htaccess file ignored
Date Tue, 28 Jul 1998 23:00:26 GMT

>Number:         2733
>Category:       general
>Synopsis:       .htaccess file ignored
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       serious
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    apache
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   apache
>Arrival-Date:   Tue Jul 28 16:10:02 PDT 1998
>Originator:     bullock@toolcity.net
>Release:        1.3.1
Linux darkstar.athome 2.0.34 #2 Wed Jul 22 12:11:36 EDT 1998 i486 unknown 
compiled with gcc-
I have just upgraded from apache_1.3.0 to 1.3.1.  With 1.3.0 the directives
in my .htaccess file relating to user authentication and file expiration 
were working perfectly.  With an identical server configuration for 1.3.1, 
the very same .htaccess file that worked before is now being ignored.
For some reason, the .htaccess file is not being read when 1.3.1 enters the
directory in which .htaccess resides.

Relevant configuration highlights:
1)in srm.conf: AccessFileName .htaccess
               UserDir public_html

2)in access.conf where the document root configuration is established:
  AllowOverride AuthConfig

3)My .htaccess file (which resides in /home/bullock/public_html):
AuthName "Advising_Database"
AuthType Basic
AuthUserFile /www/etc/apache/users
require valid-user
<Files index.html>
  ExpiresActive On
  ExpiresDefault A20

4)The password file: /www/etc/apache/users  exists (and works fine with
  apache_1.3.0.)  I recreated this file using htpasswd that came with the
  1.3.1 distribution just to make sure it was compatible with 1.3.1.

5)There are no entries in apache's error log mentioning a problem
  with the server reading the .htaccess file.

The pages in /home/bullock/public_html are accessed just fine, but no 
prompt appears for the user to enter a name and password.  I have searched 
dejanews and have read the Apache bug reports but have not found any 
information that would help me solve my problem.  Given that I have had 
password authentication working ,via .htaccess, for several earlier versions 
of Apache, I am at a loss to understand why I'm having so much difficulty 
with apache_1.3.1 in this regard.
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