[LON-CAPA-admin] authentification method for authors

Stuart Peter Raeburn raeburn at msu.edu
Mon Jun 26 14:39:47 EDT 2006


A more recent version of pwdutils (for SLES9) than is available from the 
standard SLES9 set of packages is available from the LON-CAPA install site: 
for 32-bit). This newer version of pwdutils supports the use of the --stdin 
option, required when LON_CAPA is used to create file system authenticated 

One of the recommended steps in the install process for LON-CAPA on SLES9 is 
to use yast to carry out an update to pwdutils 

Stuart Raeburn

Michael W Edwards writes: 

> Stefan, 
> 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). 
> Mike	 
>> -----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
> password
>> Home server: no_host
>> Modifying Roles
>> Assigning au in /fhwf/, starting Mon Jun 26 11:04:56 2006:
> no_such_host
>> 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
> so
>> 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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