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[SLUG] Apache '.htaccess'

Can the Apache '.htaccess' file be placed in a scripted alias directory
i.e.: /cgi-bin, to ensure authentication when running scripts ?

If not, what is an appropriate method of protected simple scripts without
the need of going to https.

Also, once autenticated via the '.htaccess' method, is there a simple way
of picking up the authenticated name from within a script. I have checked
and it doesn't seem to get passed in any Apache enviroment variable.

What about Cookies ?

Thanks in advance
Peter Worboys
AWA - A Jupiters Company