PHP to access a .htaccess protected folder

Posted on 2003-03-23
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Last Modified: 2008-03-03
I made a script that uses the copy() function to upload a file to a directory on the server. The script works just fine when I leave the directory unprotected. However, I have protected the directory with .htpasswd and .htaccess so that the files that are uploaded are not public domain. This makes the PHP script return an error in the browser:

Warning: Unable to create '/home/.1qaz/vault/files.url.com/vault/DSCF0025.JPG': Permission denied in /home/.1qaz/vault/files.url.com/index.php on line 11

If I understand this correctly, it means the PHP script has no authority to get around the .htaccess authentication. I would like a way to pass authentication to the directory, or get around the whole authentication process altogether.

What would you recommend?
Question by:idbeu
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authorizing the Apache/IIS user to access this directory.
OR enable localhost access to it (the server is running locally)

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The server isn't running locally. I simply have an account with a provider.

Is this something I can request of the administrators? Would they be willing? :) I suppose I can ask.

Thanks! Any other recomendations that I can do without administration help?
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VGR earned 300 total points
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ho, then it's for sure (99%) a problem of access right for you

sure : ask the provider for the cause of the error, as I think you're not doing anything forbidden

(except if YOU created the directory you try to write in, using FTP for example. Then you should set appropriate permisisons like 777)
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Author Comment

ID: 8190352
HA! It worked. Thanks VGR, that was great advice.

The folder had 666 permissions, instead of 777.

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classical :D

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For those of you keeping score at home, please note that the copy() function DOES NOT bother to take into account any settings you have in .htaccess .  This is applicable to ANY file manipulating function in PHP or otherwise (fopen, fwrite, file, etc).

The reason?  .htaccess is an APACHE ONLY thing.  It is NOT a file control mechanism of the operating system.


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