How to restrict access to parent directory but allow access to its specific subdirectory in Apache httpd?

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Issue

  • How to restrict access to parent directory but allow access to its specific subdirectory in Apache httpd, for example access to /var/www/html/secure must be denied but /var/www/html/secure/help must be allowed.
  • After installing and starting the Apache Web server, I can access files from the httpd directory but not files in the subdirectories.

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
    • 5.x
    • 6.x
    • 7.x
  • Apache httpd
    • 2.2
    • 2.4

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