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I've added password protection to a lot of my domain via nginx by adding:

    auth_basic            "Restricted";
    auth_basic_user_file  /usr/ssl/htpasswd;

to the nginx vhosts.

I log all errors to log files in an effort to eradicate all errors but I get a ton of "no user/password was provided for basic authentication" errors in my log files as a result of the password protection.

I would like to tell nginx not to log those errors.. is there a directive to do that? I've looked but haven't found it yet...

If you know then please tell me. Thanks!

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It is loggeg on the most basic error level. check the source code:

Line 141

It cannot be disabled.

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