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I want to password protect a folder within my hosting account using .htaccess and .htpasswd . This folder contains scripts and codes that my pages grab to implement on their particular pages. If I go about password protecting these sub folders, of which my main pages use for their scripts, will it affect the access these pages have to the subfolder containing the scripts? That is, will I have to place a username and password within each page to be able to go into the subfolders to grab the files it needs for the scripts? Or is the .htaccess and mere protection so that people cant access a folder from the browser? Thanks!
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by:Blaz
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It depends on what sort of scripts you mean.

If you include files from within PHP like:
include 'other.php';
this accesses the file through disk access and should not be a problem.

If you include in PHP with:
include 'http://www.domain.com/test.php?foo=1';
this should not work because you are accessing through web (I think).

If you are refering to javascript scripts included with HTML script tag:
<script type="text/javascript" src="/test.js"></script>
this will certainly not work since the user requests this file through HTTP.
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by:jcbodyworks
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alright, so how would I make it work if I requested an external js file:

<script type="text/javascript" src="javascript/test.js"></script>

where the javascript folder containing the javascript file is protected with .htaccess. How would I have to modify the tag, or even the .htaccess file to insure that these tags have access to the files. Thanks.
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Blaz earned 2000 total points
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I believe there is no way to do that. This is related to how HTTP and HTML protocols work.

1. Client requests the HTML page.
2. Client gets the HTML page.
3. Client parses the HTML page for external files (images, javascript includes, css includes etc)
4. Client requests each external file individually

There is no way to tell if client is requesting your .js file by itself or because it was included in a HTML document. There is no way to input a password when loading these files.

The main question would be why would you want to have the js file in a password protected dir. Regarding that there are several alternatives but none of them is perfect - depending on your cause. If you would like to protect the javascript code the best thing would be to obfucsate the code:
http://www.javascriptobfuscator.com/Default.aspx

If you have some other reason please ask and perhaps there is a solution for your problem.
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by:jcbodyworks
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i guess obfucsating the code is the best solution. Thank you for your help.
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