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From Spike Burkhardt <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] .htpasswd permissions problem?
Date Fri, 19 Aug 2005 17:00:38 GMT

  Check to make sure that the username which apache is running under has 
read access for the /home, /home/cleveland & /home/cleveland/password 
directories.  If you're apache is running as 'nobody' then you'll 
probably need 744 on the directory files themselves.  The other 
possibility is that you'll need the execute bit set as well - 755.   hth


Jody Cleveland wrote:

>I've got a site I'm trying to protect with a .htaccess file.
>In the .htaccess file, I've got this:
>AuthUserFile /home/cleveland/passwords/.htpasswd
>AuthGroupFile /dev/null
>AuthName "phpMyAdmin for Mystique"
>AuthType Basic
><Limit GET>
>require valid-user
>With this as permissions:
>-rwxr--r--   1 cleveland apache    164 Aug 19 11:28 .htaccess
>I created a .htpasswd file in the directory /home/cleveland/passwords
>with this as permissions:
>-rwxr--r--   1 cleveland apache      24 Aug 19 11:27 .htpasswd
>When I go to that directory that's protected, I do get a password box,
>but it won't accept my name and password.
>In my error_log, there's this:
>[error] [client] (13)Permission denied: Could not open
>password file: /home/cleveland/passwords/.htpasswd
>Any ideas what may be wrong? I thought both files had the right
>permissions. I even tried chmod'ing both files to 777 and it didn't
>Jody Cleveland
>Computer Support Specialist
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