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From Eric Bowman <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] authenticating 1K+ users
Date Tue, 20 May 2008 17:39:37 GMT
Chris Africa wrote:
> We have some PHP web sites set up to authenticate users via Cosign 
> using the AuthGroupFile and Require group directives, with groups and 
> users defined in an .htaccess file
> I'm setting up a new site that will have 1000+ users over time. I 
> understand that the single .htaccess file is not the best way to do 
> authentication with a large group of users. What methods are other 
> admins out there using to authenticate large groups of users?
> As background, we run a single server running Apache 2.x, Cosign 2.x, 
> MySQL 5.x on Mac OSX Server 10.5.2. We previously used the Zope 
> application server which handled our authentication/authorization for 
> us, so this is new territory for me.

Hi Chris,

There's a decent overview of the various common approaches here:

LDAP would be my own preferred most-scalable approach, although getting 
it up and running is not for the faint of heart. For 1000+ users 
probably using MySQL is the most straightforward approach that will work 
Just Fine.


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