[ANN]: mkapachepw 1.21 Released And Available

Tim Daneliuk tundra at tundraware.com
Tue Apr 12 21:37:33 CEST 2005

'mkapachepw' Version 1.121 is now released and available for download at:


This is the first public release of the program.

A FreeBSD port has been submitted as well.

What Is 'mkapachepw'?

'mkapachepw' is an Apache user/group management package with a
rich set of features:

   - Automatically Create Apache Users/Groups From Underlying OS Users/Groups:

     'mkapachepw' can extract any or all Unix system users and/or
     groups and automatically include them in the production
     Apache user and group files.  This makes it easy to
     manage users via the traditional Unix tools and propagate
     this information for Apache's use.  Note that for this to work,
     Apache has to understand the hash algorithm the underlying
     Unix system uses to encrypt password.

   - Break Large, Complex User & Group Data Into Separately Managed Files:

     User/Group files can be constructed out of any number of
     subsidiary files.  This allows the webmaster to combine
     separate user and group files that are independently
     managed by, say, Marketing, Engineering, Sales, and so on,
     into single, production Apache user and group files.

   - Specify Which Particular Users/Groups Are To Be Included Or Excluded:

     Specific users and/or groups can be explicitly included or
     excluded in the final user and group files.  This can
     be done by name, UID, or GID.  These in/exclusions are applied
     to both system users/groups, as well as those found in the
     subsidiary files.

   - Catch (And Prevent) Redefinition Of User/Groups:

     "Collisions" of users or groups are caught, and optionally,
     prevented.   Say the Marketing user file has a user
     named "bob", and so does Engineering.  If an attempt is
     made to consolitate these two subsidiary files into a single
     Apache user file, 'mkapachepw' will, by default, issue
     a warning (and the last definition will be that one loaded
     into the Apache user file).   A command line switch is
     available to prevent this entirely by issuing an error and
     exiting on the first collision encountered.

'mkapachepw' is a pure-Python application and should run on
any Unix system that support Python 2.4 or later.  The program
is known to work on FreeBSD.

See the web page for licensing terms and the complete documentation.

Tim Daneliuk
tundra at tundraware.com

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