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Authorization problem?
Authored by: robleach on Feb 17, '03 03:26:09PM
I had some trouble because I didn't follow the procedure to a "T". I attempted to use the authorization stuff I'm familiar with and already use at work on sun machines. instead of doing this line:
htpasswd -m -c /etc/httpd/.htpasswd user
I didn't use the -m and I used my existing .htpasswd file in my home directory. (And yes, I changed the specifiied location in the Directory tag.)

When I restarted apache, everything appeared fine, but I couldn't publish. I later discovered that apache wasn't running. here's what the error log had to say:
Processing config directory: /private/etc/httpd/users
 Processing config file: /private/etc/httpd/users/amy.conf
 Processing config file: /private/etc/httpd/users/marti.conf
 Processing config file: /private/etc/httpd/users/rob.conf
 Processing config file: /private/etc/httpd/users/yet.conf
[Mon Feb 17 11:54:11 2003] [warn] pid file /private/var/run/ overwritten -- Unclean shutdown of previous Apache run?
[Mon Feb 17 11:54:11 2003] [notice] Apache/1.3.27 (Darwin) DAV/1.0.3 configured -- resuming normal operations
[Mon Feb 17 11:54:11 2003] [notice] Accept mutex: flock (Default: flock)
[Mon Feb 17 11:54:11 2003] [alert] getpwuid: couldn't determine user name from uid 4294967295, you probably need to modify the User directive
[Mon Feb 17 11:54:12 2003] [alert] Child 731 returned a Fatal error... 
Apache is exiting!
For those of you that don't have the location of this log memorized (like me), it's /etc/var/log/httpd/error_log.

So I went back and changed the .htpasswd file location back to what was suggested and used to suggested command and everything worked fine. So I'm wondering what the -m flag does and I'm wondering if it could be related to another problem I'm having with that other .htpasswd file I have. I'd put a .htaccess file in a directory I wanted to protect, indicating the appropriate file, but no authentication happens. Here's my access file:
AuthType Basic
AuthName "My Access"
AuthUserFile ~rob/.htpasswd

require valid-user
order allow,deny
allow from all
deny from none
If I simply use the -m flag, will it fix this access problem too?


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