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I am trying to use a .htaccess file to setup specific behaviors for one directory.

My .htaccess is as follows:

ErrorDocument 401 /var/www/secret/logging.php

AuthName "My Password Protected Site"
AuthUserFile /var/www/secret/.htpasswd
AuthType Basic
Require valid-user

# Set REMOTE_USER env variable on 401 ErrorDocument
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /secret/
RewriteCond %{ENV:REDIRECT_STATUS} ^401$
RewriteRule .* - [E=REMOTE_USER:%{ENV:REDIRECT_REMOTE_USER}]

However, when attempting to test this, the Apache default error page states a 404 was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request. All permissions are correct, all filepaths are correct.

What am I doing wrong?

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I think you should try to add an entry like this

<Files /var/www/secret/logging.php>
  Order allow,deny
  Allow from all
</Files>
  • Why? That wouldn't seem to solve my errordocument issue? – John Sanders Nov 23 '15 at 14:27
  • reading here I'm wondering if the two methods does not conflict with each other. What happen if you try to comment out all the rewrite part? – lese Nov 23 '15 at 15:07
  • I am trying to implement this: serverfault.com/questions/460765/… – John Sanders Nov 24 '15 at 6:28

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