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aod1174
post Mar 10 2007, 04:38 AM
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ok heres my situation. I recently got web hosting from a popular company (not sure I can mention the name). I got the hosting for a game I play. It's a first person shooter that requires several different files. The game allows clients to be able to download the files from an outside (http) source. Now in the past I have set this up with no problems, but this time theres a problem. It seems that the company I used blocks directory listing of files, which is needed for what I want. I called my company asking if they could fix this, all they said was "You need to create a .htaccess file for this to work". That was as much help as they could be. So seeing as I know NOTHINg of .htaccess files I browsed the net.

From what I make of it, I just open up notepad add a line of text Options +Indexes Click SAVE AS and title it .htaccess then upload it and edit the file name, cause windows does not allow blank names, so it becomes .htaccess.txt... Now I did this with no luck, so I'm guessing I am doing something wrong.. heres my questions:

Is that the correct way to make a .htaccess file?

Where should the .htaccess file be placed? The files I need are in a folder, so the directory path would look something like this http://www.anysite.com/Foldername/ And then there should be a list of files and other folders (The file/folder structure has to remain in tact)

Is there an easier way to do what I'm looking to do?

If I haven't made myself clear and you have any questions, please feel free to ask..

Thanks in advance for any help you can be
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aod1174   Hosting problem   Mar 10 2007, 04:38 AM
Peter1968   Options +Indexes is the entry you need in a .htacc...   Mar 10 2007, 05:27 AM
pandy   Looks right to me. You place the .htaccess in the ...   Mar 10 2007, 05:30 AM
aod1174   But thats the thing.. I did all that and it's ...   Mar 10 2007, 05:46 AM
Peter1968   What is the server software your host uses? Basica...   Mar 10 2007, 06:57 AM
aod1174   What is the server software your host uses? Basic...   Mar 11 2007, 06:01 PM
Peter1968   Tell us the URL of your site and one of us will te...   Mar 11 2007, 07:11 PM
Christian J   My example is for pache. That should be Apache....   Mar 11 2007, 07:20 PM
aod1174   www.ricksfiles.com Thats my URL, the files that I...   Mar 11 2007, 11:17 PM
Darin McGrew   Here's the answer for what server is being use...   Mar 12 2007, 01:40 AM
pandy   Anyone have experience with MS IIS? I'm da I...   Mar 12 2007, 01:55 AM
Darin McGrew   I'm da IIS expert!My sympathies. :-D   Mar 12 2007, 02:09 AM
Peter1968   I'm da IIS expert!My sympathies. :-D II...   Mar 12 2007, 04:48 AM
aod1174   Yes I have a control Panel. In fact I serched it f...   Mar 13 2007, 09:56 AM
pandy   Since when does IIS use .htaccess? I called my c...   Mar 12 2007, 01:51 AM
aod1174   Since when does IIS use .htaccess? I called my ...   Mar 12 2007, 02:08 AM
pandy   Thank you, Darin. http://web.telia.com/~u18121512/...   Mar 12 2007, 02:20 AM
aod1174   Thank you, Darin. http://web.telia.com/~u18121512...   Mar 12 2007, 02:26 AM
pandy   I think you missed my post above about how to do ...   Mar 12 2007, 02:32 AM
aod1174   I think you missed my post above about how to do...   Mar 12 2007, 02:42 AM
pandy   I don't know "where" to do that if...   Mar 12 2007, 03:03 AM
Darin McGrew   Maybe your host has blocked WAD files.   Mar 13 2007, 11:07 AM
pandy   In that case they block .htaccess files too. Seems...   Mar 13 2007, 11:25 AM
pandy   Hey, put a couple of files of known file types in ...   Mar 13 2007, 11:30 AM
aod1174   Hey, put a couple of files of known file types in...   Mar 13 2007, 12:17 PM
pandy   No, that's a .pandy.txt file. I don't find...   Mar 13 2007, 12:31 PM
pandy   That was quickly done and it seems I guessed right...   Mar 13 2007, 12:36 PM
aod1174   That was quickly done and it seems I guessed righ...   Mar 13 2007, 09:52 PM
Christian J   Here's a BMP if someone's interested! ...   Mar 13 2007, 03:22 PM
pandy   Not really. :P   Mar 13 2007, 05:17 PM
Peter1968   Easy answer: switch to a Unix based server that do...   Mar 13 2007, 11:31 PM
aod1174   Easy answer: switch to a Unix based server that d...   Mar 13 2007, 11:50 PM
pandy   Start wih informing them about that .htaccess isn...   Mar 14 2007, 03:51 AM
aod1174   Start wih informing them about that .htaccess isn...   Mar 14 2007, 01:47 PM
pandy   Yeah, ot make your host realize you are on an IIS ...   Mar 14 2007, 02:40 PM
aod1174   Yeah, ot make your host realize you are on an IIS...   Mar 14 2007, 02:45 PM
pandy   Nothing wrong with that in case they are. Just won...   Mar 14 2007, 02:59 PM


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