Bug 25263 - RH7.0/apache 1.3.14/mod_auth_db could not open db auth file:
RH7.0/apache 1.3.14/mod_auth_db could not open db auth file:
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: apache (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Nalin Dahyabhai
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-01-30 00:14 EST by Max Eper
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:30 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-01-30 02:13:13 EST
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Description Max Eper 2001-01-30 00:14:37 EST
With RH7.0/Apache 1.3.14/mod_auth_db/perl5.6.0

apache complains:

[Mon Jan 29 21:29:48 2001] [error] [client] could not 

open db auth file: /var/www/testpw

[Mon Jan 29 21:29:48 2001] [error] [client] DB user 

testuser not found: /var/www/html/manual/index.html

An identical setup on LinuxPPC/Apache 1.3.14/mod_auth_db/perl 

5.005_03 works fine.

test case:

1) Change appropriate line of httpd.conf to: AllowOverride AuthConfig

2) Add an .htaccess file to /var/www/html/manual

AuthName "the test manual "

AuthType Basic

AuthDBUserFile /var/www/testpw

<Limit GET POST>

require valid-user


3) Run a perl script to create the database (dbmmanage works fine  

with this file, too)


use DB_File;

use vars qw( %h) ;

### crypt the password

   $salt = 'ab';

   $user     = 'testuser';

   $password = 'testuser';

   $crypt_password = crypt ($password, $salt);

   print  "user: $user\n";

   print  "cryted pw: $crypt_password\n\n";

### make the db

   tie %h, "DB_File", "/var/www/testpw", O_RDWR|O_CREAT, 0644, 


      or die "Cannot open file '/var/www/testpw': $!\n";

   $h{$user} = "$crypt_password" . ':groupinfo';

   print "Put into testpw $user -> $h{$user}\n\n";

   untie %h ;

print "Done\n";

4) I examined the file with dbmmanage and added another user just 

to be sure it worked.

4) Now try to access the password protected directory

Error log says:

[Mon Jan 29 21:29:48 2001] [error] [client] could not 

open db auth file: /var/www/testpw

[Mon Jan 29 21:29:48 2001] [error] [client] DB user 

testuser not found: /var/www/html/manual/index.html

Problem does not show up on the LinuxPPC box with the same 

configuration (but using perl 5.005_03)

Permissions & ownership are the same on each box.

I saw someone with the same problem on:


but no response that said the problem was fixed.

Let me know if you need more system info.


Max Eper
Comment 1 Nalin Dahyabhai 2001-01-30 01:06:04 EST
We hit some weird linkage problems with httpd not too long ago.  Can you see if
this is still a problem with apache-1.3.14-8 or later from Raw Hide
Comment 2 Max Eper 2001-01-30 02:13:09 EST
Upgrading from apache-1.3.14-3 to apache-1.3.14-8 (along with several 
cascading dependencies - initscripts, gettext, ypbind) solved the problem.

I had gotten apache 1.3.14-3 from the updates/errata section.

Thanks for the quick response.

Comment 3 Nalin Dahyabhai 2001-01-30 04:05:48 EST
I'll resolve this as fixed in Raw Hide, then.  Thanks!

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