I previously configured Apache server on Linux to use a password to protect some pages. However, when I tried it on a Mac server, I had a lot of trouble when trying to get it to work. I double-checked the .htaccess file and made sure the syntax was right. I later discovered that the problem was not with the .htaccess file I had. The problem was that the password protection option is turned off by default on Mac. The Apache configuration file is in this directory: /etc/apache2 . I opened up an editor to edit the configuration file httpd.conf and change this line from
and restarted the Apache web server. It did not work. It took me a while to find the second configuration file that I needed to change. The second configuration files is this one: /etc/apache2/sites/0000_any_80_.conf. After I edited this file to change the AllowOverride option and restarted the web server, the password protection began Â to work. By the way, if you are concerned about your web site’s security, you can change the settings to
AllowOverride AuthConfig, which provides more restricted features and makes your site safer.
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