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Say I want a CGI app. to authenticate someone using the WWW-Autheticate response header.  Does anyone have any documentation about this.

Also, I've seen some simple examples, but the do not work under PWS (at least not with the code I wrote).  Does anyone know if this works with PWS?
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by:icd
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If the examples used the .htaccess method then this would not work with PWS (which runs on Win95 or NT) since .htaccess only works with Unix.


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by:olaor
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I'm interested in doing my own authentication.  .htaccess is UNIX, so - uninteresting.

Also, PWS seems to send the HTTP/1.0 200 OK response before my CGI ever gets out there.  Does anyone know how I can change this behavior (i.e., to HTTP/1.0 401 Not Authorized).  How is this supposed to be controlled via the CGI app., through a return code, or what?


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by:terrycj
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.htaccess is not really a unix only thing. it just happens
to be the name of the file used by some servers that originated
in the unix world.

pick up the latest version of apache. it runs on NT and win95
now, and it's easily the most widely used server in the world.

the distribution is at http://www.apache.org/dist

then you can use .htaccess files (or call them what you will,
since you get to pick the name in apache's conf file) on win95
or NT...

apache works very well.

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by:olaor
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I am looking for a STANDARD way of doing this.  Something that would work with Apache AND PWS AND IIS AND Netscape servers.  Isn't there anyway for the CGI app to signal to the server not to send the HTTP/1.0 200 OK message and let the CGI app. handle this?

Ofer.
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gwalters earned 100 total points
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Unfortunately, there is no standard way of doing this.  In fact, it's even different for PWS depending on whether you're using Win95 or WinNT:

For NT, you'll have to put the CGI on a NTFS filesystem.  Once that's done, the security parameters for the file will cause the PWS to require authorization.

For 95, you can right-click on a folder in My Computer.  Click Shared As.  There you can add or remove users.


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