How can I use Apache to serve static content for a


Are there any Rails/Apache guru’s that might know if it’s possible (and how) to have the ability for users to upload their content to my RoR application but then subsequent access to such static content would be:

a) served by APACHE web server [to avoid the overhead of going via Rails], but
b) still want to have an authentication/authorisation check to occur before they can access the content

The constraint is I’m on shared platform where I have only access to the Apache .htaccess file and I can’t add my own Apache modules.