Sun Java System Web Server 6.1 SP11 Administrator's Guide

htpasswd Command

The htpasswd command is used to generate or modify a password file suitable for use with the htaccess access control mechanism.

The htpasswd usage is as follows:

htpasswd [-c] passwordfile username [password]

Where, -c creates a new passwordfile(overwriting an old one if it exists). Without -c, the command will modify the existing file by either updating the user's password (if user already exists) or adding a new user with the given name. If the optional password argument is not given, it will prompt interactively for the password to assign.

Note –

htaccess is not the preferred access control mechanism in Web Server. Wherever possible, use ACLs instead.