Error setting up http authentication - 500 Internal Server Error

Hari hvenkata at
Thu Feb 28 21:43:06 MSK 2008

I am using the instruction given at

When i access the site i get prompted for username and password.
After i enter the username and password i get the error "500 Internal
Server Error"

When i have the following two lines commented out i do not get any error.
#    auth_basic "osusu";
#    auth_basic_user_file conf/passwd;

What am i doing wrong?

Here is the setup of my conf file
upstream domain1 {

server {
 listen   80;
 rewrite ^/(.*) permanent;

server {
 listen   80;

 access_log /home/demo/public_html/;
 error_log /home/demo/public_html/;

 root   /home/demo/public_html/;
 index  index.html;

 location / {
   auth_basic "osusu";
   auth_basic_user_file conf/passwd;
   proxy_set_header  X-Real-IP  $remote_addr;
   proxy_set_header  X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
   proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
   proxy_redirect false;

   if (-f $request_filename/index.html) {
     rewrite (.*) $1/index.html break;
   if (-f $request_filename.html) {
     rewrite (.*) $1.html break;
   if (!-f $request_filename) {
     proxy_pass http://domain1;

I created the conf file using the utility htpasswd.

Any help on this is greatly appretiated...

Hariharan Venkata

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