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.htaccess Internal Server Error

hi experts
i get this error after i log in to the secure file:


Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, webmaster@??????????? and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.


my .htaccess looks like this:


AuthUserFile "/.htpasswds"
AuthName "Enter Password"
AuthType Basic

<Limit GET POST>
require valid-user
</Limit>

my .htpasswd looks like this:


admin:password



the .htaccess file is in the folder i want to secure and the .htpasswd is in a folder named .htpasswds that is in the very top level that i can get to with filezilla.

file
and the secure file is callad admin inside public_html (public_html/admin)
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helpchrisplz
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PaulELSCommented:
What do your apache error logs say? Also, AuthUserFile "/.htpasswds" should likely be:

AuthUserFile "../../.htpasswds/.htpasswd"

(if the file is called .htpasswd within the .htpasswds directory)
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helpchrisplzAuthor Commented:
hi ye i had a look in www folder and got the error_log any way it doesnt have any errors for today only some old php errors from last week.

i have used  AuthUserFile "../../.htpasswds/.htpasswd" but its still giving the same error after i log in
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PaulELSCommented:
What is the full path and file name of the file that contains the following?

admin:password

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Also, you're getting the server error *after* you log in? So you are prompted for username/pass and supply it and then get the error?
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helpchrisplzAuthor Commented:
yes it allows me to log in and then after submit it does the error.

the file that has admin:password inside it is called .htpasswd and i have put it in the ../../.htpasswds folder. as show on the file tree screen shot


i have also tested with the .htpasswd in the same folder as the one i want to secure and set the link to "../../public_html/admin/.htpasswd" inside the .htaccess file but it has the same error.

i have also used a program called Htpasswd Generator PRO to create the files for me but i get the same error so its must be the link or to do with my hosting?
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sjklein42Commented:
Inside your login CGI script, it should be doing a redirect to the 'logged-in' page's URL.  It is acting as if that redirect URL is invalid.
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helpchrisplzAuthor Commented:
hi after talking to hosting they say my link in the htaccess was bad here is what i have now

AuthName "log in"
AuthType Basic
AuthUserFile "/home/christop/public_html/admin/.htpasswd"
Require valid-user

but now it just reloads the page and asks for the password 3 times then says Authorization Required. This server could not verify that you are authorized to access the document requested.

i am using the user and pass that i have in the .htpasswd file so not sure why it doent just log in ?

the  .htpasswd looks like this:
admin:admin

this is the url of my secured area http://christophersowerby.com/admin

my hosts client area is down so i cant ask more about this over there :P
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helpchrisplzAuthor Commented:
ok my host support is crap. they gave me a bad link. i changed the link and it working. i have this now:

AuthName "Restricted Area"
AuthType Basic
AuthUserFile /home/public_html/admin/.htpasswd
AuthGroupFile /dev/null
require valid-user

and i used this site to generate the code and encrypt the password:
http://tools.dynamicdrive.com/password/
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helpchrisplzAuthor Commented:
was the link. my host is crap and gave me a bad link.
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