41.6. Denying Access to Files

Sometimes it is useful to restrict the types of files that users can download, especially for untrusted anonymous clients. You can block access to a filename in any directory (like secret.txt), an absolute path (like /etc/passwd) or even a directory and all its contents (like /var/log). The shell wildcards characters * and ? can be used in file and path names as well, which provides extra flexibility. This can be useful if you want to protect files containing secret information, or limit clients to downloading from a certain directory (like /home). There is no way, however, to prevent the listing of directories using this feature.

To set up filename download restrictions, follow these steps:

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