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The Apache HTTP Server Reference Manual
by Apache Software Foundation
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6.3  The Prerequisites

The directives discussed in this article will need to go either in your main server configuration file (typically in a <Directory> section), or in per-directory configuration files (.htaccess files).

If you plan to use .htaccess files, you will need to have a server configuration that permits putting authentication directives in these files. This is done with the AllowOverride directive, which specifies which directives, if any, may be put in per-directory configuration files.

Since we’re talking here about authentication, you will need an AllowOverride directive like the following:

AllowOverride AuthConfig

Or, if you are just going to put the directives directly in your main server configuration file, you will of course need to have write permission to that file.

And you’ll need to know a little bit about the directory structure of your server, in order to know where some files are kept. This should not be terribly difficult, and I’ll try to make this clear when we come to that point.

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