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I am using the code at the end of this message to restrict access to a specific directory and sub-directories. The code is supposed to return a 403 error if direct access to the files identified by the extensions below is attempted - and it is supposed to allow access to those files if the referring website is mydomain.com.
I am specifically interested in accessing pdf files (last on the list).
I have not played with this for some time but was under the impression that this arrangement worked very well in the past in other places where I tried to block direct access.
Now I discover that even referrals from mydomain.com fail. I can access pdf files if I remove them from the .htaccess list and they get blocked if I add them back. It seems to make no difference if I open a new window or not. I am sure that this worked in the past.
I am using Apache 2.x and Linux Fedora Core 4 on a VPS to which I have root access - I am not very experienced with .htaccess and would appreciate any help.
Thanks - Andrew
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