I'm still a newbie on apache/linux, so I'm hoping that my problem is relatively easy for more experienced people to solve.

I have 4 folders, each containing an .htaccess file to restrict access to the PDF files they contain.

My problem is that whenever I edit the content of one of the .htaccess files, all of the other .htaccess files update themselves with the changes I made only to one.

Other people have worked on the project before me and must have set up this replication.

Contacting the previous developer did not help at all. How/where do I turn this automatic replication off?

Thanx in advance.

Wow. Returning 3 years later.
It turned out to be a symlink in linux.
It was effectively the same file symlink'ed to multiple directories.