[LON-CAPA-admin] LON-CAPA and Novell NDS

Guy Albertelli II guy at albertelli.com
Thu Aug 5 17:21:06 EDT 2004

Hi Phil,

> I'd like to authenticate to our campus
> Novell NDS. Kerberos is not available.
> The campus has a student email server (Linux-Postfix-IMP) that
> authenticates via LDAP to NDS.
> Can anyone provide any information about
> connecting NDS/LDAP to LON-CAPA?

Lon-CAPA has a authentication mechanism called 'localauth' that allows
you to add in whatever authentication mechanism you have at your

There is a file in 


called localauth.pm

It has 1 function locauth, that is passed 3 arguments

the username
the password the user provided

an optional argument that was saved with the student when the account
was created.

The routine needs to return either a 1 (success) or a 0 (failure)

The perl modules 

have been used successfully by others to do LDAP auth.

Here is an example LDAP localauth done by FSU


guy at albertelli.com  LON-CAPA Developer  0-7-3-9-

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