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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] Basic Authentication not working in Gentoo Linux
Date Tue, 14 Mar 2006 09:07:32 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Manilal K M [] 
> Sent: Dienstag, 14. März 2006 09:55
> To:
> Subject: [users@httpd] Basic Authentication not working in 
> Gentoo Linux
> Hello all,
>    I am a newbie in apache, less than 2 weeks of experience. I am
> trying to protect one of my directory in the web server with Basic
> authentication. I am using Gentoo Linux with apache-2.0.55. I see that
> auth_module is loaded  as a Module. I have configured the Virtual Host
> like this. The problem is that the login dialog box never appears in
> the browser and the web page is immediately displayed. The
> configuration I used is (from /etc/apache2/httpd.conf):
> user backuppc
> group backuppc
> <VirtualHost>
>         DocumentRoot /var/www/localhost/cgi-bin/BackupPC
>         ServerAdmin
>         ServerName
>         ErrorLog logs/
>         CustomLog logs/anaconda.localhost.comaccess_log common
>         <Directory /var/www/localhost/cgi-bin/BackupPC>
>                 Options FollowSymLinks
>                 Options +ExecCGI
>                 AuthName "Tiger Login:"

>                 AllowOverride AuthConfig

This directive is a bit funny... It says:

"allow any Auth directives in a .htaccess file in this directory to override the main config
(ie, this file)". 

Since you have put your Auth directives in the main config, it doesn't make much sense to
allow them to then be overridden (unless you have a really complicated setup - I'm guessing
you have a simple setup). 

I would remove this directive and also check you don't have a .htaccess file in /var/www/localhost/cgi-bin/BackupPC.
If you do, decide if you need it... (especially if it has "Satisfy any" in it...).

If that doesn't get it working or if you want further advice about .htaccess files and when
to use and not to use them, check the docs
and/or post back (add error and access log entries).

Owen Boyle
Disclaimer: Any disclaimer attached to this message may be ignored. 

>                 AuthType Basic
>                 AuthUserFile /usr/local/etc/htpasswd
>                 Require user libregeek
>         </Directory>
> </VirtualHost
> I am able to run the same setup in my Fedora Core 4 server. But it
> fails in the Gentoo Server. I can't get what had gone wrong. I
> searched the MARC archives, but couldn't find a workable solution.
> Please help me. I am in great trouble.
> I can't find anything wrong in either syslog or apache log. Any help
> would be appreciable.
> regards
> Manilal
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