I have an Apache webserver, and in the Apache configuration, I have

Alias /backups "/backups"
<Directory "/backups">
    AllowOverride None
    Options Indexes
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all

I can access files via The problem is everyone can access that.

I have a web interface, e.g. http://localhost/adminm that is protected with htaccess and password.

Now I don't want separate .htaccess and .htpasswd for /backups, and I don't want a second password prompt when a user clicks on /backups in the web interface. Is there any way to use same .htaccess and .htpasswd for the backups directory?

  • i think it more of linux knowledge than web . At webmasters linux tag has only 27 questions .
    – Mirror51
    May 21, 2011 at 15:51
  • @Mirror51: Linux is not relevant to your question. Since your users are accessing the files through a web interface, the access control is performed by Apache, not Linux. May 21, 2011 at 15:52

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Yes. Anything you set in .htaccess you can set in the Apache configuration.

What you'll do is add the directives from your /admin .htaccess to your /backup directory context.

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