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Old 11-12-2008, 01:47 PM   #1
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Apache with DBM On Centv5

Hello Linux Community!

I'm working on an assignment for a Linux Administration class, and i'm stuck hoping for some direction.

basically, we're creating Apache webservers with 6 separate sites, all of them utilizing different authentication methods and with different content.

I'm working on what's considered the hardest part.

The site must:
-be configured as a private website, access is to be restricted by username/password with user accounts stored in an indexed 'DB' database file /var/www/Site5pwds

So i've got a little bit of a hint (instructor never gives full answers, teaches troubleshooting) that i have to utilize dbm. Now the problem i'm having is that the script that gets mentioned in all the documentation i've found "dbmmanage" does not exist.

How would i go about manually adding that script/getting this working?


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Old 11-12-2008, 03:28 PM   #2
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It wouldn't appear to be a "script" but rather a "binary" "executable".

Looking on my RHEL5 system I didn't find it.

Apache is actually the "httpd" package on RHEL5 (and presumably CentOS which is built from RHEL source).

Running "rpm -ql httpd |grep dbm" displayed the following:

/usr/bin is a location for "binary" "executables" (as is /bin, /sbin, /usr/sbin). Seeing "htdbm" made me do a "man htdbm" to see what it does. It is used for manipulating DBM files and mentions dbmmanage as a source for further documentation.

Since htdbm has a create option it looks to me like you could use it instead of dbmmanage.

Haven't used either htdbm or dbmmanage myself so can't give you much guidance on usage.
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Progress: I think i found's actually a python script. Go figure.
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oh! Progress! I -CAN- use htdbm! Thank you so much!


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