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Old 05-23-2004, 05:48 AM   #1
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Stop directory listings in Apache


I am new to Apache.
I have it up and running on Red Hat 9.
I have a bunch of web sites on this system.

How do I do this:

1. Prevent anyone from getting a directory listing
of any directories under "/var/www/html"

2. If any directory does not contain an "index.html"
file then my default "/var/www/html/nopage.html"
should be displayed instead.

Very often I change the contents of the
"/var/www/html/nopage.html" file so I
would like to maintain only one copy of this file.

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Old 05-23-2004, 09:17 AM   #3
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you may put a index.php (or index.html) in the required deirectory which will redirect the user to some error page.

Apache site has this redirecting thing very well explained. I dont remember exactly where it is, 'cause I saw it as a tip while validating my web-site at


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