[thelist] htpasswd

Anthony Baratta anthony at baratta.com
Mon Jun 25 12:04:02 CDT 2007


"Because of the way that Basic authentication is specified, your username and password must be verified every time you request a document from the server. This is even if you're reloading the same page, and for every image on the page (if they come from a protected directory). As you can imagine, this slows things down a little. The amount that it slows things down is proportional to the size of the password file, because it has to open up that file, and go down the list of users until it gets to your name. And it has to do this every time a page is loaded.

A consequence of this is that there's a practical limit to how many users you can put in one password file. This limit will vary depending on the performance of your particular server machine, but you can expect to see slowdowns once you get above a few hundred entries, and may wish to consider a different authentication method at that time."

-----Original message-----
From: iris thelist at jarmin.com
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 09:40:52 -0700
To: thelist at lists.evolt.org
Subject: [thelist] htpasswd

> hi everyone
> just a quick question:  is there a limit to how many users can be listed 
> in a htpasswd file?
> thanks
> iris
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