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.htaccess

AuthType Basic
AuthName "restricted area"
AuthUserFile /var/www/.htpasswd
require valid-user

.htpasswd

user:user

upon logging in, it keeps asking for loggin credentials.

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Are you testing on local network? Are you sure there are no proxies or other things in the way that may be confusing things? –  Zoredache Oct 15 '09 at 21:41
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The .htpasswd file needs to contain the password for the user in the correct encoded format.

user:<encoded password>

You can use the following command to generate the file

htpasswd -c .htpasswd user
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it doesn't work. –  asdfasdf Oct 15 '09 at 22:19
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What doesn't work? The command I gave? The original problem? Is there any activity appearing in the access log for the server? –  emills Oct 16 '09 at 0:06
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