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Old 08-06-2006, 04:49 PM   #1
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apache config, how can I only allow people to view images in a folder?

ok, why I need this is complex, so I will skip those details, but here is what I have and need:

I have a folder with a ton of subfolders, each has it's own subfolders, and in some of these subfolders are images.

to access these photos I would do:
Alias /papers/ "/stuff/http/papers/"

<Directory "/stuff/papers/GMA Papers">
    Options Indexes MultiViews
    AllowOverride None
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all
Problem is there are many types of files, and some must not be accessible through apache/ over the web.

how would I change the above to only allow images to be viewed? and remember, the images are in sub-folders, not sure if that makes a difference.
Old 08-06-2006, 05:07 PM   #2
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If you want to learn about apache configuration, I'm not going to be of much use. As you haven't told us *why* you need what you need, my suggestions might be of little value to you, so please describe what you need in more detail and why. We can always ignore present information, but we can't use absent information.

Anyways, here are a couple of suggestions:

1) chmod o-r all non-images.

2) make a directory tree with the same structure (directories only); then put symlinks in it where the images are, leaving out the rest. Publish this directory instead of the actual one.

If you're keen on bragging about your directory entries, you could add symlinks for non-images, all pointing to a text file saying "sorry, only images are viewable". Or, better yet, to a "broken" file such that apache doesn't return '200 OK' to the client (broken could either be non-existing or non-readable, test that on your own).
Old 08-06-2006, 05:33 PM   #3
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I did similar to your #2 already and forgot to come post I do not need an answer anymore.


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