Apache htpasswd won't append to password file

Apache htpasswd won't append to password file

Post by Mike Bradl » Wed, 18 Sep 2002 04:17:41

I'm currently running Apache v2.0 on HP-UX 11.00.  The htpasswd
executable will not append to the password file.  I was able to
successfully create the file using htpasswd -c </PATH/file> <userid>.
When I execute htpasswd </PATH/file> <userid> it overwrites the
existing file.  I'm executing the command as root, and have not
received any errors.  The command returns:
New password:
Re-type new password:
Adding password for user mb6898

The previous entry is lost upon completion.  Only the last user
entered is able to access the pages protected.  Has anyone experienced
this problem and how were you able to resolve it?  I've check the man
pages, error logs, and FAQ, but haven't found anything that will help.
 Thanks in advance!


Apache htpasswd won't append to password file

Post by johannes m.r » Wed, 18 Sep 2002 05:05:54

As a workaround put the new entry into another file and then append it
(with cat newfile >> oldfile)
At the moment htpasswd seems to be quite borked, it should be much
better in the next version..


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