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    Password Protecting Web Space

    Hi guys,
    I've got some probs, im sure it's been covered before and i would normally use the search tool first but since it's out for the count here i am. I'm allocated 15Mb of web space by my ISP (NTL) and wanted to password it, i tried the ".htaccess" and ".htpasswd" methods (i'm new to this sort of thing) and now i can't delete the temporary directorys i created in my web space to try the above method (it didn't work), Please help!

    Jambo

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    Re: Password Protecting Web Space

    Hi Jambo,

    Can you provide more information about what kind of web host you're using (Windows OR Unix/Linux). Are you using FrontPage? Do you have any databases connected to your site? Does your web host offer password features through a web-based control panel? (Don't worry if you don't know the answers to all of these questions - just post what you can and we'll go from there.)

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    Re: Password Protecting Web Space

    Yes, we need alittle more info, especially the OS and how you are accessing it (ftp or telnet or ssh). .htaccess is the file in the directory you want protected. htpasswd makes the encrypted password. But the shouldn't afftect you deleteing the directories. This command is deadly but will delete ANYTHING (as long as its Linux)

    Note: DO NOT USE THE -rf option unless you need to and you need a terminal window (telnet or ssh)

    rm -rf ./directory

    That will delete the above said directory and anything in it.

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    Re: Password Protecting Web Space

    If Mike's suggestions don't work, contact the hosting company. Many of them set up an account that has limited access, and you may be able to create directories, but not delete them. My current host works that way, regardless of how I access the directory structure (telnet, FTP, or other). In any event I suspect it has to do with the permissions settings on the hosting company's server.
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    Re: Password Protecting Web Space

    Edited by WyllyWylly to remove sensitive information.

    Don't know what web host i am using, but i'm with NTl so it'll be the one they use, my OS is Windows XP Pro. I'm not using front page, was using the My Network Places bit in Win Xp to log into my webspace and then tried a free ftp thing. I Don't think NTL offer password features through a web-based control panel because it's free but i could be wrong.

    This might help too:
    My Upload Site is = upload.ntlworld.com
    My Homepage would be = homepage.ntlworld.com/jamie.aston

    thanks
    Jambo

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    Re: Password Protecting Web Space

    I don't know about your part of the world, Jambo, but most of the ISPs in the States only give their subscribers "bare bones" web site capabilities - and I haven't heard of any of those that included password protection of directories. The only password YOU will use is the password to access the site for uploading, maintaining, and so on.. Of course, you should confirm my suspicions with a contact to them.

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    Re: Password Protecting Web Space

    You need to contact your host or look through their support pages and find out. They may also have information on how to correct the problem, if it's common, or provide a toll free number or email address to contact for problems.

    WinXP is using a simple FTP client to connect to your site's home directory. When I was talking about passwords in a previous post, I didn't mean that they would allow you to control password access to your shared directories on their server. Instead, it's likely that they allow you to create directories, but possibly not delete them. This is a fairly common practice if you placed directories underneath the publicly visible ones. For example, when I log in to my hosting provider I can see the following directories:

    <UL>etc
    mail
    public_ftp
    public_html
    tmp
    www[/list]I cannot delete any directory that is created in the home, or root, directory. Files, yes - directories, no. However, anything placed in the public directories is subject to my whimsy, I can do what I want with them. Create, modify, delete, you name it. Those are the publicly visible sites when folks visit my website using their browser. The rest are off limits, although I can read and traverse them.

    So, bottom line - check with the hosting provider, because it's doubtful that this is the first time someone has encountered this type of problem. Be sure to comb through their support pages and get an understanding of what you're working with.

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    Re: Password Protecting Web Space

    I'm with Big Al on this one. Most of the free hosts in this country are bare bones too. To get full control you need to pay for your site. I'm with Netweaver at

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