mod_auth_anon.cfile and is not compiled in by default. It is only available in Apache 1.1 and later. It allows "anonymous" user access to authenticated areas.
Combined with other (database) access control methods, this allows for effective user tracking and customization according to a user profile while still keeping the site open for 'unregistered' users. One advantage of using Auth-based user tracking is that, unlike magic-cookies and funny URL pre/postfixes, it is completely browser independent and it allows users to share URLs.
Directives / Example / Compile time options /
A list of one or more 'magic' userIDs which are allowed access without password verification. The userIDs are space separated. It is possible to use the ' and " quotes to allow a space in a userID as well as the \ escape character.
Please note that the comparison is case-IN-sensitive.
I strongly suggest that the magic username '
is always one of the allowed userIDs.
Anonymous anonymous "Not Registered" 'I don\'t know'
This would allow the user to enter without password verification by using the userId's 'anonymous', 'AnonyMous','Not Registered' and 'I Don't Know'.
When set 'on', there is no
fall-through to other authorization methods. So if a
userID does not match the values specified in the
Anonymous directive, access is denied.
Be sure you know what you are doing when you decide to switch it on. And remember that it is the linking order of the modules (in the Configuration / Make file) which details the order in which the Authorization modules are queried.
When set 'on', the default, the 'password' entered (which hopefully contains a sensible email address) is logged in the error log.
Specifies whether the user must specify an email address as the password. This prohibits blank passwords.
When set 'on', users can leave the userID (and perhaps the password field) empty. This can be very convenient for MS-Explorer users who can just hit return or click directly on the OK button; which seems a natural reaction.
When set 'on' the 'password' entered is
checked for at least one '@' and a '.' to encourage users to enter
valid email addresses (see the above
anonymous guest www test welcomeand comparison is not case sensitive.
Excerpt of access.conf:
Anonymous anonymous guest www test welcome
AuthName "Use 'anonymous' & Email address for guest entry"
# An AuthUserFile/AuthDBUserFile/AuthDBMUserFile
# directive must be specified, or use
# Anonymous_Authoritative for public access.
# In the .htaccess for the public directory, add:
allow from all