Konqueror behaviour with HTTP Authentication

Gavin Hamill gdh at acentral.co.uk
Fri Mar 5 15:38:56 GMT 2004

Hello :)

I'm using KDE 3.1.5 on Debian sid, but this same behaviour has been
experienced on KDE 3.2.0.

Starting with no Konq windows open, I browse to
http://www.oursite.com/admin/ and I am prompted to enter a 'group
number' from an HTTP form. I do so, and am redirected to another script
which prompts me for my HTTP username/password. I enter said details and
am shown the 'admin area' for that group.

I use the 'back' button to return to the HTTP 'group number' form and
enter a different group number. I now have a white screen because the
'admin script' realises the HTTP user/password does not match this group
number (yes it should show me an HTML error page...)

So far, everything is working as designed :)

Now the problem - if I open a SECOND Konqueror window, and browse to the
same 'Admin group number' page, and enter a different number, this NEW
window also shows me a white screen - i.e. it does *not* pop up a new
Username/Password dialog.

Personally I believe this to be incorrect and illogical, since a 'new
window' should clear any previously held authentication data.

Since I can see no GUI configuration element to change this Konqueror
behaviour, would editing an ".ini" help, or is this hard-coded in the

I'm presently working around this by getting people to run a copy of
Mozilla when they want to work on a second admin group - but this is
hardly desirable :(

Any solutions / comments would be warmly received!


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