[olug] apache authentication

Adam Lassek lunatik at radiks.net
Fri Jun 29 10:43:23 UTC 2001

Just recently I realized a website I was running that was supposed to be
authenticated suddenly stopping prompting for a password. Now, I know
this setup was working at one time, and I've changed nothing. So I'm
really quite stumped as to why apache would suddenly stop
authenticating, but would at least explain why I couldn't get DAV to
authenticate either. Here's the relevent section of httpd.conf:

<VirtualHost (IP of the webserver)>
ServerName     (URL of the website)
DocumentRoot   /var/intranet
AccessFileName .htaccess

and here's the contents of the .htaccess file in /var/intranet:

AuthType Basic
AuthUserFile /etc/apache/htpassword
AuthGroupFile none
<limit GET>
require valid-user

not a terribly complex authentication scheme, but it doesn't prompt for
anything like it used to. Can anybody tell me if I'm doing something
horribly wrong? As we have a Novell server here, I would like to
eventually do LDAP authentication, but unfortunately I won't be able to
attend a meeting for some time (can't always schedule my classes around
OLUG meetings, unfortunately) and I'll miss that presentation if I
haven't already.

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