Apache user authentication

1. apache user authentication using /etc/passwd file ?

Hi Folks,

While implementing user authentication for an apache server, I would
like to make use of the unix system's /etc/passwd file for
usernames and passwords. Is it possible to do this with the native
user authentication scheme of apache ?

In other words, I would still have the .htaccess and .htgroups file,
but instead of creating a .htpasswd file, I would like the apache
server to refer to the host system's /etc/password file.

Has anyone done this ? Any help is appreciated.


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