Once .htaccess is set up, how is it removed?

So I set up .htaccess while I was developing the website, now I can’t seem to remove it. I’ve deleted the .htaccess file, removed the directory code from the conf file, and rebooted the server. And still a challenge screen presents to me.

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January 31, 2023

Hey @jameshogan,

Do you mean you have restricted your website with authorization while developing it?

If yes, is it possible you’ve added it directly into your apache’s conf? If so, you can try doing the following:

  1. grep auth /etc/apache2

If you see any of the following:

  1. AuthType Basic
  2. AuthName "Restricted Content"
  3. AuthUserFile /etc/apache2/.htpasswd
  4. Require valid-user

You’ll need to remove them and reload apache2

Bobby Iliev
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January 31, 2023

Hi there,

It sounds like that you might have the rule added to another config file as well.

What I could suggest is using the grep command to search for the auth keyword in your Apache conf directory, eg:

grep -ri auth /etc/apache/*

That way you will find any other auth references that might be causing your problem.

Let me know how it goes!



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