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How do I view a directory listing if I have an index.html file in that directory?  
www.mysite.com/home/dir1/index.html
How would I view the contents of dir1?
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by:dedsi
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Hi ueihp,

if you are using Windows I would suggest you to download "Directory -2- HTML" from winfiles.com.

Goto http://www.winfiles.com/apps/98/webauth-index.html and look for that program (second from top).

This is a program that will automatically generate a .html file of the contents in a specific directory.

Hope this is what you were looking for.

/dedsi
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I am not running windows.  Is there a simpler way.  If the index.html file does not exist in that directory all I normally have to do is type the dir i.e.  www.mysite.com/home/dir1/
but since there is a index.html file in there it automaticallys points to that page instead of the directory listing.  
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by:dagon
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tried ftp ?
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I am not running windows.  Is there a simpler way.  If the index.html file does not exist in that directory all I normally have to do is type the dir i.e.  www.mysite.com/home/dir1/
but since there is a index.html file in there it automaticallys points to that page instead of the directory listing.  
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by:dagon
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tried ftp ?
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by:ueihp
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ya it says user anonymous unknown
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by:dagon
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if using a browser-

ftp://<loginname>:<password>@<site address>

or use an ftp client and set those
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by:dagon
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if using a browser-

ftp://<loginname>:<password>@<site address>

or use an ftp client and set those
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by:ueihp
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Cool that works.  But I dont' think I will be able to use that either.  
Let me give some more info about what I am doing.  I have a program that lets users upload files to a dir.  after they upload the files I send them an email message to say "your file have been uploaded to <this directory>".  If they are using a "GUI" mail system they can just click on the link.  
now heres my problem if the user uploads a index.html file to that directory then thats the only file that can be view even if there are other files in the directory.
If I use the ftp thing then everyone will know my password and that wouldn't be good.  Is there a way I can just "disable" the automatic call of index.html?
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If your the server administer you should be able to.
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If the server is running Apache, create a file in that directory named .htaccess and insert the following text into it:

DirectoryIndex ________.____

Then the only way it will not show the directory listing is if someone uploads a file named ________.____

If you don't know which server software the server is running, just try putting that file in the directory and see if it works.
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It didn't work.  But I am just going to ask my system admin to fix this for me so I am closing this call.  Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
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