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Old 03-02-2012, 06:11 PM   #1
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Default Password protecting a directory

I'm setting up a test vB system and need to password-protect the directory it's in to comply with vB licence requirements. Now I've done this before, but it was a long time ago and also before my hosting company, United Hosting, changed to cPanel.

Here's what I have done:

First, I went to Dynamic Drive and used their .htaccess password generator. So I now have a .htpasswd file that looks like this:
It's sitting in one level above public_html as suggested. In Fetch, that level appears to have just a slash in front of it when looking at server paths.

I then copied the .htaccess code from Dynamic Drive, altered the server path as I thought it should be, and placed it in the directory containing the vBulletin test system files. This is what the .htaccess file looks like:
AuthName "Restricted Area" 
AuthType Basic 
AuthUserFile /mysite.com/.htpasswd 
AuthGroupFile /dev/null 
require valid-user
Obviously I have the real site name there.

When I try to access the test site, I get the authentication dialogue box and enter the username and password. However, I then get a 500 with the following message:
Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, webmaster@mysite.com and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
I have put a blank 401.shtml in public_html but it doesn't seem to be finding that, either.

Obviously I'm a real novice when it comes to .htaccess, so need some help here.


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