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From "ernst schoen-rene" <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] dbd syntax
Date Sat, 27 Dec 2008 18:34:29 GMT
I did have the mysql driver, and after many clean install attempts, I
installed apache 2.2.11  from apache 2.2.10 without re-compiling apr or
apr-util and bam, it worked.  My log files showed "could not connect to
mysql server" error.  mod_dbd only began connecting when I added a socket or
port option.  If I take that away, no connection.  My socket is
/tmp/mysql.sock, my port is 3306, both the normal default.
  Of course, even better than just breaking the password encryption the way
I had to would be to allow the user to choose encryption, the way
mod_auth_mysql did.

On Sat, Dec 27, 2008 at 9:56 AM, Nick Kew <> wrote:

> On Sat, 27 Dec 2008 09:10:25 -0800
> "ernst schoen-rene" <> wrote:
> > I have solved this problem.
> > I am running fedora64 on amd64.
> > mod_dbd with mysql simply doesn't work on my install of apache
> > 2.2.10.  I installed 2.2.11 and it works, but there are elements that
> > I think are under-documented or poorly documented.
> OK, that probably means your 2.2.10 didn't have the MySQL driver.
> The actual error message there would've identified it.
> > First, the DBDParams command for mysql requires that you put in a
> > port or a socket, even if they are the defaults.
> Um, not for anyone else I've heard of.
> >   It does not require
> > you to put in a database name.  The DBDParams can be delimited by a
> > number of characters including a comma, space and '|', but it doesn't
> > mention this in the documentation.
> The documents show a format that works.  The other delimiters are a
> freebie extra, for people who prefer them.
> > Secondly, the function in mod_authn_dbd that compares passwords
> > compares the password your sql statement returns with an ENCRYPTED
> > password.  It does say this once in the documentation, but all the
> > sql examples do not indicate this.  There is no documentation about
> > how to produce a password using the same encryption that apache
> > uses.  I had to change the code for mod_authn_dbd to just compare
> > unencrypted passwords.  For my application, encryption doesn't
> > matter, and I think it's sort of silly to encrypt passwords that are
> > transmitted in plain text anyway.  Documentation on how to produce an
> > encrypted password in one's sql command would be useful.
> Good point: the mod_auth[nz]_dbd pages could use an additional section
> about the database and password formats.  Contributions always welcome
> if the regular devs don't get a round tuit!
> Another little exercise for anyone with a spare hour or two:
> a script to convert a htpasswd or htdigest file for use with DBD.
> Extra kudos if you do the hard bit, and make it work with all
> the databases.
> --
> Nick Kew
> Application Development with Apache - the Apache Modules Book
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