htacces & sub-directories

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http://serverfault.com – How could I give different access to sub-directories? The first problem is: I must let the programmers modify the htaccess files, but not the access control. I have access only to htaccess directives for once, not to the httpd.conf of Apache. And here are my folders: ~/www/ ~/beta/ -> group betatesters developers ~/dev/ -> group developers I would like to have only one .htaccess located in the root directory (developers don't have access there). ~/.htaccess ~/htpassd ~/htgroup . AuthType Basic AuthName "Password Required" AuthUserFile /home123/user321/htpasswd AuthGroupFile /hom (HowTos)