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more complex problem (mixing pam and htpasswd)

Hi pam-list,
I've quite an interesting problem.
I am succesfully running mod-auth-pam-1.1.1  with Apache 1.3.27 on Linux Redhat 7.3
Some directories of websites are secure and only accessable with a system user ID, so /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow are succesfully accessed by PAM.
But.... other secured directories have to be accessable with "custom login accounts" created with htpasswd
For "custom login accounts" I use the directive "AuthPAM_Enabled off" to turn off the AUTHPAM module. Unfortunately in this case the directive "AuthUserFile" pointing to my users/passwords file isn't interpreted (by Apache).
Please review my settings below and help me find a solution for it.
Thanks in advance,
Preparation (make apache read /etc/shadow, else PAM can't authenticate)
$ /usr/sbin/groupadd -r /shadow-readers
$ chmod 660 /etc/shadow
$ chown root:shadow-readers /etc/shadow
Configuration of /etc/pam.d/httpd
auth        required        /lib/security/pam_unix_auth.so
account   required        /lib/security/pam_permit.so
Snippet from file: /usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf
User nobody
Group shadow-readers
LoadModule pam_auth_module    libexec/mod_auth_pam.so
<VirtualHost xx.xx.xx.xx>
    ServerName www.mysite.com
    DocumentRoot /home/www/mysite.com/wwwroot
    # All users from group FTP are allowed to login
    # This works fine!
    <Directory /home/www/mysite.com/wwwroot/pamsecure>
         AuthPAM_Enabled on
         AuthType Basic
         AuthName "PAM Realm"
         Require group ftp
    # Only user "customuser" created with htpasswd ( htpasswd -c /usr/local/apache/passwords/passwords.acl customuser )
    # is allowed to login.
    # This doesn't work, somehow!
    <Directory /home/www/mysite.com/wwwroot/customsecure>
        AuthPAM_Enabled off
        AuthType Basic
        AuthName "Custom Realm"
        AuthUserFile /usr/local/apache/passwords/passwords.acl
        Require user customuser
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