[Icecast] unable to set username/password for a mount point

Philipp Schafft phschafft at de.loewenfelsen.net
Sat Oct 27 19:38:58 UTC 2018

Good afternoon,

On Sat, 2018-10-27 at 01:18 -0700, Jayesh Dalal wrote:
> Hello,
> I've icecast2 installed on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and I can access it via
> http://localhost:8000
> I followed this document to add authentication:
> https://icecast.org/docs/icecast-2.4.1/auth.html
> I added the following to /etc/icecast2/icecast.xml file:
> <mount>
> 	<mount-name>/example.ogg</mount-name>
> 	<authentication type="htpasswd">
> 		<option name="filename" value="myauth"/>
> 		<option name="allow_duplicate_users" value="0"/>
> 	</authentication></mount>
> I restarted the icecast server as:
> sudo /etc/init.d/icecast2 restart


> I tried to add a username/password to the /example.ogg stream and I
> get the following message in the error.log file:
> [2018-10-27  01:11:26] INFO admin/admin_handle_request Received admin
> command manageauth.xsl on mount "/example.ogg"
> [2018-10-27  01:11:26] WARN auth_htpasswd/htpasswd_recheckfile failed
> to check status of myauth
> [2018-10-27  01:11:26] WARN auth_htpasswd/htpasswd_adduser Failed to
> open authentication database "myauth": Permission denied
> Can someone please advice whree is the database "myauth" written to,
> so I can verify that directory has the correct permissions?

The database is relative to Icecast's current working directory. As that
depends on what the init script does you can hard control that.

Therefore I suggest to use a absolute path for it.
e.g.: /etc/icecast/mylisteners

I hope that helps!

With best regards,

Philipp Schafft (CEO/Geschäftsführer) 
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