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Old 03-15-2003, 12:37 PM
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How to prevent a directory list from appearing?

OK, I know I should know this and I know it's there's an easy solution... What do I need to do to prevent people from getting a list of all of my files when they go to subdirectory on my site (i.e., images.) Do I need to set the directory permissions differently? If so, what? (My webhost uses Linux servers.) Or do I need to put an "index.htm" file in each directory (even if it only contains images) to redirect to the home page? Or what?

My brain is a little fried at the moment and I'm not thinking too clearly.

Thanks, Jeanie
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Old 03-15-2003, 05:25 PM
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Put a blank index.html file in the directory.
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Old 03-15-2003, 06:57 PM
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Thanks Doug. I knew it was something simple like that!

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Old 03-15-2003, 07:06 PM
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The best is to get your Web host to set the preferences for Apache to not allow browsing of the directories.
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Old 03-15-2003, 08:11 PM
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Al, is that with the .htaccess file?

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Old 03-16-2003, 10:20 AM
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Hi Jeanie - I've been trying to figure this out too and read up on the .htaccess stuff but I thought it should be easier than that.

I was just in my ftp program deleting some files from the server and when I right click on a folder or file, I noticed a "set permissions" option. Selected that and I got a dialog where I can set permissions and it works.

I have stuff on two different servers and it worked on both of them.

Hope this helps, Margaret
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Old 03-16-2003, 10:50 AM
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Margaret,

Did you set the directory permissions to rwxr--r--? If not, what?

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Old 03-16-2003, 11:16 AM
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Sorry Jeanie - that doesn't work after all. I could set the permissions so that nobody could see the images folder but then the images wouldn't display in the html page either.

I think Doug's way is the easiest - put a blank index.html in the folder - you could dress up the index.html with your logo and an invitation to send you $$ if they really want to get hold of your images.

take care, Margaret
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Old 03-16-2003, 11:32 AM
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[/i]Sorry Jeanie - that doesn't work after all. I could set the permissions so that nobody could see the images folder but then the images wouldn't display in the html page either.[/i]

That's what I thought! I'm pretty sure that a directory has to have at least execute permissions in order for anyone visiting the website to view the pictures on the webpage - but that also allows them to see everything in the directory (if there's no index.htm file.)

I think Doug's way is the easiest - put a blank index.html in the folder - you could dress up the index.html with your logo and an invitation to send you $$ if they really want to get hold of your images.

Yes, this idea sounds like a plan. Is there no .htaccess solution or did it just seem too complicated?

FWIW, if someone really wants to get ahold of my images, they will. Even if I put an index.htm file in each directory, someone could still type in the full path name to the JPG file and easily view it. I just don't want people to be able to see the full list of my files in each directory.

Thanks for the help,
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Old 03-17-2003, 12:39 AM
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Sorry for taking so long to reply, I've not been online for a while. If you want to limit access to directory listings, it's best that it's done by the Web host. The file that needs to be modified is httpd.conf, and that's a system file. I can't remember off the top of my head which entry needs to be modified, but will let you know as soon as I get a chance to page thru' the file.
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