Directories and Files Protection in Apache Server

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Old 07-23-2002
Directories and Files Protection in Apache Server

Hi everyone, I'm a newbie at this. We have a unix web server which has redhat 7.2 on it. It has apache server hosting our website at the moment. This is what I'm trying to do.

Goal: I'm trying to put reports online so when clients come they can read it and what not. I want only clients viewing their particular folders only and not read others. On the server, there will be a directories of folders of groups number and in those directories are the files. I want a link on the website so that when they click on it, it tells them to put in their user name and password, once they do that, it will take them to their group number. From there, they can do whatever they want, print the file, download the file, etc....

I tried using the .htaccess method but aren't very successful. If someone can help me out with this, I would really appreciate it. I created a .htaccess file in the directory that I want to protect...this is what is in the file:

AuthType Basic
AuthUserFile /var/www/html/test2/.htpasswd
AuthGroupFile /dev/null
AuthName Testing
require valid-user
<Limit GET>
require user temp

and then I created a user name and password and put it inside that folder also. This is what i did next:

htpasswd -c /var/www/html/test2/.htpasswd temp
<enter password twice>

then i place stuff in the folder like a couple of text file, then open up my browser, i could see all the stuff in the folder, it didn't prompt me for a user name/password. Well thats what I did, hopefully someone can help me out.
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Old 07-23-2002

check your httpd.conf file

make sure this section of httpd.conf file
AllowOverride is set to Authconfig

# This controls which options the .htaccess files in directories can
# override. Can also be "All", or any combination of "Options", "FileInfo",
# "AuthConfig", and "Limit"

AllowOverride Authconfig

that is

<Directory />
Options All Multiviews
AllowOverride Authconfig
Order deny,allow
Allow from all

stop and start apache for changes to take effect
# 3  
Old 07-24-2002
Hi, that works. Thanks. Another question is if I put a link to the website which says the following:

Agree | Disagree

After they click agree, it will bring up the pop screen which ask for user name and password. After they enter in the user name and password, it takes them to their directory that they were assigned to. The user name would be the name of the folder that they are assigned to. How would I do that? Thanks for helping me out.
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