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This is probably a stupid question, but..

does an index.html prevent directory browsing?



8:55 pm on Feb 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Does the simple presence of an index.html prevent the contents of a directory from being browsed? Is there an HTTP command to request a directory listing? I'm a little unclear on this issue, and help is appreciated.


9:18 pm on Feb 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yes, an index.html file (even an empty one) will prevent directory listings from being shown.


9:22 pm on Feb 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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yes it would help. but please remember that it is actually a setting on your webserver (apache/iis).


9:22 pm on Feb 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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it will but it is an Apache setting, though I can't remember the exact syntax.

robert adams

9:29 am on Feb 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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true, but probably 99.99% of the servers out there are setup for it.
actually it can be set for anything, but most often index.html
index.htm, index.php, index.cgi, etc.
i think that you can set priorities on which one will work if you have more than one in a directory.
I know that on my servers, index.php will work even when there is an index.html file present.