I was looking at the apache2/ssl_error.log and found an error relating to a secondary .htaccess file inside the <drupal_root>/sites/default/files/civicrm/uploads directory. Below is my stackoverflow post about the error, however, my question for here is this: is it normal to have a secondary .htaccess file within the civicrm files uploads directory or should I remove it? It only contains the following lines:

<Files "*">
  Order allow,deny
  Deny from all


Even though I posted in stackover-flow, if anyone has any idea why I'm getting the this error, feedback would be greatly appreciated here or there, thanks!


This .htaccess file prevents files in this directory from being publicly downloadable. These files could be eg scans of membership forms or could contain other personal/identifiable data that you'll want to keep private;

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