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From Richard Freilich <rfrei...@vertex.tor.hookup.net>
Subject Re: Bug ?in Apache 0.8.14
Date Wed, 25 Oct 1995 17:02:48 GMT
On Wed, 25 Oct 1995, David Robinson wrote:

> >I know everybody's busy as hell getting ready to release version 1.0, but 
> >I noticed what could be a bug in 0.8.14 that I hadn't seen a fix or any 
> >comments on, so I thought I'd drop a line to the list...
> 
> >In .14, previously correct .htgroup files aren't being read correctly.
> >
> >Where:          group: user1
> >                group: user2
> >                group: usern
> >
> >worked fine in the past, now it only authorizes usern.
> 
> This is correct. Apache is incompatible with NCSA in this respect.
> This will hurt ANYONE using NCSA 1.3 httpd with .htgroup files who has
> more that ~50 users in a group. I think this is a severe incompatibility.

But Apache 0.6.5 was compatible in this respect - the incompatibility 
seems to have started somewhere with 0.8.14.

Comments from anyone?

Richard

> 
>  David.
> 
> Note:
> NCSA 1.3 read the .htgroup file into a buffer of length MAX_STRING_LEN, which
> was 256 by default. So if you had more that 256 characters in your group
> member line, you had to split it. Thus you cannot upgrade to Apache without
> reformatting all your .htgroup files, or going to the needless trouble
> of using DBM files.
> 
> Apache reads the .htgroup file similarly, but MAX_STRING_LEN is 8192.
> So Apache cannot have more that ~1600 users in a group.
> 



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