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Hi all, I haven't logged in to the admin area of my Apache/XAMPP development site on my PC for a while and as I've forgotten the userid and password it won't let me in!   There is a working authorisation on the production site but I don't need any auth for the version on my PC.

Is there a file in Apache I should be editing to sort this out?  

Cheers,

  Col
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I have never had to login to either of my XAMPP installations.  But you do have to be on that computer so you can use 'localhost' as the URL.  You can't do it remotely.
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Hi Dave, it is on my PC.  I'm locked out of my own PC's localhost website admin section!  I get a 500 error...

From the log:

127.0.0.1 - - [26/Oct/2016:17:49:10 +0100] "GET /admin/menu2.php HTTP/1.1" 500 1076 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/54.0.2840.71 Safari/537.36"
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"/admin/menu2.php" is not part of XAMPP itself, it must be an application you have installed.  It's not Wordpress either.
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I don't think I was clear with the question then.

It is a website application I have built myself.

For the production version I have put the admin folder under authorisation using the host company's web functionality.

For this development version I don't want any authorisation at all.  I am wondering where Apache is picking up the requirement for an ID and password - I have not programmed that in at all.  I am wondering if there is a setting in Apache on my PC where it is controlled.
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No, you weren't clear.  A 500 error is not a login error but a 'server error' meaning that it was asked to do something that it didn't understand.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_HTTP_status_codes#5xx_Server_Error
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OK thanks.
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Why am I being asked for id and password?  I have tried a Hello world html page as the index to the admin folder and I'm being asked for ID and password; when I cancel, I get a 401, Authorisation required, when I put in wrong info I get the 500 error.
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Do you have an '.htaccess' file in that directory that asks for authentication?  Does the form say Authentication Required?  Info on Authentication here:  https://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/howto/auth.html   You may be able to just remove that section from your .htaccess file.
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That's it!  No idea why I put all that in for my own PC, but thanks.
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Sorry, I was sure I had closed this question weeks ago.

Good answer.  Thanks.
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