Authen::Simple::DBM(3) Simple DBM authentication


use Authen::Simple::DBM;

my $dbm = Authen::Simple::DBM->new(
path => '/var/db/www/passwd'

if ( $dbm->authenticate( $username, $password ) ) {
# successfull authentication

# or as a mod_perl Authen handler
PerlModule Authen::Simple::Apache
PerlModule Authen::Simple::DBM
PerlSetVar AuthenSimpleDBM_path "/var/db/www/passwd"
<Location /protected>
PerlAuthenHandler Authen::Simple::DBM
AuthType Basic
AuthName "Protected Area"
Require valid-user


DBM authentication.


  • new

    This method takes a hash of parameters. The following options are valid:

  • path

    Path to DBM file. Usually specified without trailing ".db", ".pag" or ".dir" suffix. Required.

        path => '/var/db/www/passwd'
  • type

    DBM type. Valid options are: "DB", "GDBM", "NDBM" and "SDBM". Defaults to "SDBM".

        type => 'NDBM'
  • CDB

    Constant Database

  • DB

    Berkeley DB

  • GDBM

    GNU Database Mandager

  • NDBM

    New Database Mandager. "path" should be specified without a trailing ".db" suffix.

  • SDBM

    Substitute Database Mandager. Comes with both with perl and Apache. "path" should be specified without a trailing ".pag" or ".dir" suffix.

  • log

    Any object that supports "debug", "info", "error" and "warn".

        log => Log::Log4perl->get_logger('Authen::Simple::DBM')
  • authenticate( $username, $password )

    Returns true on success and false on failure.


Christian Hansen "[email protected]"


This program is free software, you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.