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From "Count László de Almásy" <>
Subject [users@httpd] upgrade to 2.2.3 breaks .htaccess: "require directives present and no Authoritative handler"
Date Sat, 04 Nov 2006 19:59:48 GMT

The following .htaccess file has been working for years under apache
2.0.x to password protect a directory:

AuthType Basic
AuthName "Password Required"
AuthUserFile /www/

Where the 'authfile' contains one line generated by the htpasswd


I just upgraded to apache 2.2.3, and now it no longer works.  The
message I get in my error log is the following:

[Sat Nov 04 14:27:32 2006] [error] [client] access to /
failed, reason: require directives present and no Authoritative handler.

I've googled excessively for an answer, but have found none.  I've
tried adding "Require valid-user" to the .htpasswd, but that does not

Any ideas?

Cheers, László

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