I have a Wordpress installation on the root of an apache (I.E. on /) and WP wrote this custom .htaccess:
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

Now I need to hide a single php script, let's say in /scritps/hello.php, I tried a .htaccess in scripts with:
<files hello.php>
Order allow,deny
Deny from all

But it gets overriden by WP's .htaccess, and hello.php is shown anyway. ( I know this because moving the scripts directory out of WP to another vhost on my local environment makes it work ).

I want to hide this php file on the live site because it should only be called by cron from the command line, and I can't put the file outside the apache root because that's all I have FTP access to.
And no, I don't have SSH access, someone else's going to set the cron job.

  • You might have more luck on the WordPress StackExchange. – Teknophilia Dec 14 '11 at 18:24
  • @Teknophilia This is an Apache issue rather than a wordpress issue – Paul Dec 14 '11 at 23:06
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    Is mod_access definitely loaded in apache (the module that processes allow/deny statements), and AllowOverrides +Limit is enabled in httpd.conf, allowing you to change access permissions in .htaccess? – Paul Dec 14 '11 at 23:14
  • Yes both are true, as this works if the file and the .htaccess are moved to a different vhost that doesn't have Wordpress but is still under the same Apache – Petruza Dec 15 '11 at 20:25

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't Order Deny, Allow be correct to hide the file?

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