Groups in Apache

Posted on 2002-06-05
Last Modified: 2010-03-04
I have a really easy question.
How do I add groups to Apache web server?
How do I add/remove users to groups?
Question by:rickyr
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>>How do I add groups to Apache web server?
This is a bit confusing.  Do you mean the group membership of apache userid belongs to (UNIX env)?
Or, do you mean Group membership for Authentication.

I would presume that you meant the latter - for authentication.

Basically, user and group works quit closely. In other words, you need to have a userfile which contains a username:password pair, and the group file would contains groupname: members1, member2, .. member pair.

>>How do I add/remove users to groups?
First, you need to manipulate userfile to manage your userlist.  you will need to use htpasswd utility that comes with Apache dist to manage users for Basic Authentication, or htdigest for Digest Authentication.

To create users;
htpasswd -c password.file username
To add:
htpasswd password.file username
For each cases, you will be prompted for password.

Same thing applies for Digest Authentication.

The group file will be a plaintext file.  Assuming you had password.file with these users;
admin: rickyr, samri
user: user1, user2, user3
guest: guest1, guest2, guest3

And you .htaccess file would be:
AuthType Basic
AuthName "Apache Admin Guide Authors"
AuthUserFile /path/to/user.passsword
AuthGroupFile /path/to/group.file
Require group admin

This would only rickyr and samri would be allowed to access the resources.

Plain word: You just need to use your favourite text editor to manage the group file :) Cool huh !

More detailed information:

good luck.
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