I just had to add a 301 redirect to a old dev site and it did not go as smoothly as I'd have assumed. I added the redirect to my htaccess file, backed up the old one and nothing worked.
Turned out that Magento somehow overwrites the htaccess file (at least the redirect parts of it) and caused me some headaches.
The other Devs and me decided we were going to start adding password protection via htaccess on all out development sites and I am trying to find out how I can do this given Magento keeps ignoring what I add into my htaccess files.
To clarify the only way i got the 301 redirect to work was by deleting local.xml off my server, cutting off Magentos database access. Do I have to worry about Magento changing any password settings i add to my htaccess files as well?