Turn basic authentication on and off for specific HTTP user agent

Hello All!

Is it possible to turn authentication on and off for a specific user
agent
in some location? When I configure the following

location /specloc/ {
if ($http_user_agent ~ MSIE) {
auth_basic “private area”;
auth_basic_user_file /etc/nginx/htpasswd;
}
#…
}

my “nginx -t” prints

nginx: [emerg] “auth_basic” directive is not allowed here in
/etc/nginx/nginx.conf:75
nginx: configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf test failed

Thank you if you answer.

Posted at Nginx Forum:
http://forum.nginx.org/read.php?2,233214,233214#msg-233214

On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 03:24:20AM -0500, hide wrote:

#…
}

my “nginx -t” prints

nginx: [emerg] “auth_basic” directive is not allowed here in
/etc/nginx/nginx.conf:75
nginx: configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf test failed

Thank you if you answer.

http://trac.nginx.org/nginx/changeset/4946/nginx

As of this change, you can do it like this:

map $http_user_agent $realm {
    default off;
    ~MSIE   "private area";
}

server {
    location /specloc/ {
        auth_basic $realm;
        auth_basic_user_file /etc/nginx/htpasswd;
    }
}

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