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Using Javascript and .htaccess

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Is there a way using JavaScript to get the username of someone who logs into a page protected by a htaccess file?  I would just use CGI for this (the REMOTE_USER environment variable), but for some strange reason my server isn't configured to use htaccess under the cgi-bin directory.
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The only way to get this information, due to javascript's limited security is to call an external program.  I would say you should try to figure out why you can't access the REMOTE_USER variable and go from there.

If you are using Netscape Enterprise server and LiveWire there is a way to call an external C library and access the REMOTE_USER variable as well.  I have the code for that method.  However it sounds like you know how you are going to get the information from using CGI scripting, so you should proably just stick to that solution.

Good luck...

Scott Rudy

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In Javascript you may not necessarily get the username but you
most certainly can obtain the user's browser/ip address
i don't know why you rejected srudys' answer - it was obviously correct!
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