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I'm having trouble setting up password protection on a server. The procedure involves creating an .htpasswd and an .htaccess file which would be used to protect a directory or file. I created the .htaccess file offline, giving details of where the .htpasswd file would be located etc., saved it as a text file, and then uploaded it as .htaccess into the directory I wanted to password protect. I then created the
htpasswd file using Telnet by typing 'touch .htpasswd' at the prompt, and then entered a new password and username within the file. When I tried it out it said that it either didn't know what username the password belonged to and vice versa. Thus I could not access the directory I had    protected. Could it be where the files are situated or
even how they are created that is causing this problem? Can anyone please explain what I am doing wrong. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.
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There is a special program called "htpasswd" you need to use to set up the .htpasswd file.   If you're running Apache's web server, you'll find the program in the /support directory.  The .htpasswd file contains one line per user account, the user's name, followed by a colon and the encrypted password.  You cannot manually edit this file (except to delete an account by erasing the corresponding line).

Usage: htpasswd [-c] passwordfile username
The -c flag creates a new file.

Hope this helps!
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The software is already available on the server, I am just having difficulty using it. Would be obliged for further clarification.
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