How to hide .htaccess file?

How to hide .htaccess file of Apache server? What about using symbolic links pointing to a protected directory while the .htaccess would have been a link pointing to a password protected directory.

What would happen if the permission for .htaccess is set to 600. Can Apache running as "nobody" user read it at the same while the others can not access it via web.
 
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elvaaaAsked:
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jcondeCommented:
As far as I know, you can't "hide" .htaccess form the httpd.  What you can do (Which is pretty simple although time consuming) is to recompile apache, but before doing so, modify the C file where it points to .htaccess  (It should be an include fine .H)

If you need help doing so, please get in touch with me.

Regards,

Jorge del Conde
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jprohartCommented:
from www.apache.org:

IndexIgnore

Syntax: IndexIgnore file file ...
Context: server config, virtual host, directory, .htaccess
Override: Indexes
Status: Base
Module: mod_autoindex

The IndexIgnore directive adds to the list of files to hide when listing a directory. File is a file extension, partial filename, wildcard expression or full filename for files to ignore. Multiple
IndexIgnore directives add to the list, rather than the replacing the list of ignored files. By default, the list contains `.'. Example:

     IndexIgnore README .htaccess *~
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elvaaaAuthor Commented:
jprohart! I am sorry to reject your answer but this is not what I meant.
 
"The IndexIgnore directive adds to the list of files to hide when listing a directory" ONLY when listing. The directory where this .htaccess file exist is never being listed because there is a index.html file. Also I have not root permission to access the srm.conf or httpd.conf files.

What I mentioned is hiding the .htaccess via a symblic link. So insted of .htaccess real file the ".htaccess" is a link that points the httpd to a another directory which can be read locally by httpd daemon and if the visitor tries to access this directory that would be impossible because I have another .htaccess file on that directory requring from the user an authorization.

Is it possible? If yes tell HOW?
 
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elvaaaAuthor Commented:
Correction: "Also I have not root permission to access the srm.conf or httpd.conf files." should be: "Also I have not root permission to write[read access is granted since the httpd runs as *nobody*] the srm.conf or httpd.conf files."
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