username from htaccess/authentication

Hello there,

I am using htaccess/htpasswd to create a 'secure' area on my site, now can I pass somthing to a php script on login so I can tell who has logged in.

Example,

they goto the members area
they get the standard username/password dialog which they enter there details into
they then get passed to the secure area at the top it says - 'Welcome back USER
Follow what I mean? So I don't want php to handle the login or passwords or anything, just want to know if there is a way to display the name of who's loged in, and maybe even write a login file saying
USERNAME - Login date
so I can look at  it and see when users have logged in.

I know it would be simpler to use php to handle everything, but I am happy with apache / htaccess/htpasswd handling that for now.

Cheers
Nick
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wildzeroAsked:
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peyoxConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Check which one of below works for you:

<?
   echo "\$_SERVER[REMOTE_USER]="; echo $_SERVER["REMOTE_USER"]."<br>";
   echo "\$PHP_AUTH_USER="; echo $PHP_AUTH_USER."<br>";
   echo "\$REMOTE_USER="; echo $REMOTE_USER;
?>

Cheers,
Piotr Szwajkowski
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merwetta1Commented:
wildzero,

i don't think your question is really a PHP question. you should post a question asking if Apache creates a log of authorized accesses at the Apache forum.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/Web_Servers/Apache/

you're right that letting PHP handle authorization would be better.

hope you find the log your looking for.
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wildzeroAuthor Commented:
peyox - Perfect :D
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