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Login is not possible when enabling authentication as described in TWikiInstallationGuide.

When trying to edit a page, the login-window-prompt appears as expected, but User and Password are not accepted. After cancelation the TWikiRegistration (oops) -Page appears. Login as TWikiGuest/guest is also not possible.

Apache Error log shows Could not open password file :

[Wed Dec 31 14:13:41 2003] [error] [client] (2)No such file or directory: Could not open password file: /twiki/data/.htpasswd
[Wed Dec 31 14:13:41 2003] [error] [client] user MyUser not found: /twiki/bin/edit/Sandbox/WebHome

It behaves as if .htpasswd was not there (which I tested by renaming it), but the .htpasswd is definitely there:

bash-2.05b$ ls -al /twiki/data/.h*
-rwxr-xr-x    1 SYSTEM   Kein          111 Dec 31 01:53 /twiki/data/.htpasswd

Registration of new users seems to work OK and creates an entry in /twiki/data/.htpasswd

bash-2.05b$ cat /twiki/data/.htpasswd
MyAdmin:{SHA}uDyT4PrNJ mKcyGUSkjSiLBXyW0=

Settings in /twiki/bin/.htaccess:

AuthUserFile /twiki/data/.htpasswd
AuthName 'Enter your WikiName: (First name and last name, no space, no dots, capitalized, e.g. JohnSmith). Cancel to register if you do not have one.'
AuthType Basic

By the way, I didn't find any Redirect Statement in /twiki/bin/.htaccess an therefore did not include

Redirect /urlpathto/twiki/index.html http://yourdomain.com/urlpathto/twiki/bin/view
as described in TWikiInstallationGuide#Enabling_Authentication_of_Users. I tested to add this line (with the correct information), but it did not change anything about my login problem. I also tested about the rights ( chmod 777 ) for /twiki/data/.htpasswd

Without authentication, pages can be created and edited without any problems, everything seems to work.

Any ideas? Right settings, problems with German Win2k (didn't modify any local settings)? Also checked AuthenticationProblem, but this seems to by slightly different...

Thanks for you help!


TWiki version: TWikiRelease01Feb2003
TWiki plugins: DefaultPlugin, EmptyPlugin, InterwikiPlugin
Server OS: Win2k German
Web server: Apache 1.3.29
Perl version: V5.6.1 (cygwin)
Client OS: Win2k
Web Browser: Mozilla 1.5

-- TWikiGuest - 31 Dec 2003


Please post the HTML output of CVSget:bin/testenv, as per SupportGuidelines - this tests for the permissions of the data directory. Also, including the ls -l output for /twiki and /twiki/data would help.

Google:insecure+permissions+Windows+TWiki may also help, this issue has come up before on Windows XP and was related to permissions (which may not be fully visible using ls -l, depending on your CygWin setup).

-- RichardDonkin - 21 Jan 2004

Hi Richard,

thanks for your help. Attached are the files. I checked the security permissions as proposed in AnotherInsecureDirectory. I'm quite sure, that it has got something to do with it, because misconfigured permissions often cause these nasty, difficult-to-find-errors. But I still couldn't find the right solution...

At the beginning of my installation, I needed to add the user SYSTEM to my CYGWIN-Directory because of this Insecure directory in $ENV{PATH} -Error (see first part of Apache_error.log). To apply this more easily, I checked the "Inherit Permission" box for all CYGWIN-Subdirectories. Might this be the source of my troubles?

Thanks, Chris.

-- TWikiGuest - 22 Jan 2004

Changed SupportStatus to "AskedQuestions"; this subject is still relevant to me. I like to implement TWiki as a knowledge-management system at my department. But I'll probably need to reinstall on another machine anyway...
-- TWikiGuest - 04 Apr 2004

It may be worse adding "c:/" (or whatever drive you have your twiki folder in) in front of the path for your .htpasswd file. Let us know it does help.

-- MarcelTrap - 06 Apr 2004

Adding c:/ was the perfect thing to do! Finally correcting the settings in /twiki/bin/.htaccess: to
AuthUserFile c:/progs/twiki/data/.htpasswd
did the thing. This kind of mixed writing at this point was not clear to my in the TWikiInstallationGuide

Thanks a lot, Chris.

-- TWikiGuest - 05 May 2004


I'm having almost a similar problem.

When I set AllowOverride All, on httpd.conf file, an Apache prompt appear asking for 'Enter your WikiName: (First name and last name, no space, no dots, capitalized, e.g. JohnSmith)', as required by included twiki.conf file

This is ok, but I can not access with my usual WikiName, stored in the AuthUserFile c:/wamp/www/twiki/data/.htpasswd

When AllowOverride is set to None, I can access correctly by the logon page of Twiky, with the usual WikiName and password.

Maybe I need to set something more? Thanks a lot for the kind reply.

-- TWikiGuest - 2011-09-19

Please open a new question topic.

-- PeterThoeny - 2011-09-19

Topic attachments
I Attachment History Action Size Date Who Comment
Unknown file formatlog Apache_error_extract_040122.log r1 manage 19.3 K 2004-01-22 - 21:16 TWikiGuest Part of Apache Error-Log
Texttxt Directory_twiki.txt r1 manage 2.2 K 2004-01-22 - 21:14 TWikiGuest TWiki Directory Listing
Texttxt directory_cygwin.txt r1 manage 23.1 K 2004-01-22 - 21:15 TWikiGuest Cygwin Directory Listing
HTMLhtm testenv_040122.htm r1 manage 11.4 K 2004-01-22 - 21:09 TWikiGuest TWiki-Testenvironment
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