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..htaccess and change text "please type your username and password"

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How to change the text "please type your username and password" in the .htaccess pop-up?

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by:samri
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Harryv,

The keyword that you are looking for is "AuthName".

Please drop by Apache's website on more detailed discusion on Authentication, Authorization, and Access Conrol.

http://httpd.apache.org/docs/howto/auth.html

Following is and example (taken from that site too.)

AuthType Basic
AuthName "By Invitation Only"
AuthUserFile /usr/local/apache/passwd/passwords
Require user rbowen sungo

This would cause the pop-up box to have "By Invitation Only" displayed, followed by Username, and Password input field.

I hope this helps.

cheers.
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by:harryv
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The AuthName "By Invitation Only" is shown by "realm"
What I mean is the words "please type your username and password".

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I think I got what you really want,  Instead of a plaint "Enter username for <Realm> at <Servername:port>", you need to display something more informative.

According to Apache's documentation, it is browser-dependent, and nothing to do with server side:

I'm not sure whether it is possible with BasicAuthentication.  Unless you know JavaScript for example, you can develop your own Authentication pop-up box, which pretty much up to your preferences.


Take a look at this URL, and the section.
http://localhost:8000/manual/howto/auth.html
How can I change what the password box looks like?

The dialog that pops up for the user to enter their username and password is ugly. It contains text that you did not indicate that you wanted in there. It looks different in Internet Explorer
and Netscape, and contains different text. And it asks for fields that the user might not understand - for example, Netscape asks the user to type in their ``User ID'', and they might not
know what that means. Or, you might want to provide additional explanatory text so that the user has a better idea what is going on.

Unfortunately, these things are features of the browser, and cannot be controlled from the server side. If you want the login to look different, then you will need to implement your own
authentication scheme. There is no way to change what this login box looks like if you are using basic authentication.
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by:samri
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Correction:  The URL should be;
http://httpd.apache.org/docs/howto/auth.html
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