[LON-CAPA-admin] authentification method for authors

Michael W Edwards mwedward at uiuc.edu
Mon Jun 26 10:10:52 EDT 2006


We're running on SLES9 here at the University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign.  We don't have any users which are file system
authenticated, we use our own localauth for that and don't haven't run
into any issues with this as of yet.  

I just attempted to create a file system authenticated user and it also
dies for me w/ same error.

In my lond_erors I am also seeing:
passwd: unrecognized option `--stdin'
Try `passwd --help' or `passwd --usage' for more information.

Looks like passwd on SLES9 doesn't support the --stdin option... we
would need an updated version for this (looks like the SuSE 10 stuff
does support this however).


> -----Original Message-----
> From: lon-capa-admin-admin at mail.lon-capa.org [mailto:lon-capa-admin-
> admin at mail.lon-capa.org] On Behalf Of Stefan Bisitz
> Sent: Monday, June 26, 2006 4:41 AM
> To: lon-capa-admin at mail.lon-capa.org
> Subject: [LON-CAPA-admin] authentification method for authors
> Hi,
> who can help with the authentification methods within LON-CAPA?
> LON-CAPA says:
> "As a general rule, only authors or co-authors should be filesystem
> authenticated (which allows access to the server filesystem)."
> Creating a new user who should become an author with file system
> authentification brings an error message:
> ---- start ----
> Creating user "xxxxx" in domain "fhwf"
> Generating user: error: lcuseradd_failed:lcuseradd Unable to set
> Home server: no_host
> Modifying Roles
> Assigning au in /fhwf/, starting Mon Jun 26 11:04:56 2006:
> Create/Modify Another User
> ---- end ----
> Internally authenticated is no problem.
> We are using SLES9 with the latest LON-CAPA version.
> An author, who is internally authenticated, can also create, rename,
> directories. Actually, I see no need for file system authentification
> far. Which kind of access to the server filesystem is ment (and for
> which reason)?
> And how can a domain coordinator see which authentification method a
> user has?
> Thanks,
> Stefan
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