[LON-CAPA-admin] [was LON-CAPA-users] mass resetting internal aauth passwords

Lars Jensen jensen at physics.unr.edu
Fri Sep 15 01:38:31 EDT 2006

Hi Gerd and Ray,

What's really needed is a service by which students can enter a 
registered email address and get a new password, so instructors/DC's 
doesn't have to be involved. I realize tha tnot all students necessarily 
have a registered email with lon-capa, but whenever it exists, it ought 
to be possible to get a new password via email.


Gerd Kortemeyer wrote:
> Hi,
>> On Thu, 14 Sep 2006, Ray Batchelor wrote:
>>>     How can one quickly reset the passwords for a bunch of internally
>>> authenticated students in a hosted course??  Course coordinators 
>>> can't reset
>>> passwords, it seems to me.
> On Sep 14, 2006, at 8:05 PM, lucasm at ohiou.edu wrote:
>> Have fun, Ray. This is a domain coordinator only ability as far as I 
>> know.
> Yep. At some point, I would like to add the functionality that if a 
> domain coordinator impersonates a course coordinator, they can upload 
> class lists and overwrite the password. I have spend longer than I care 
> to admit resetting passwords one-by-one by hand.
>> I have considered writing a script to do this, but I'm not sure this 
>> is sanctioned behavior for root!
> A script is the way to go for now, I think. The file is
> /home/httpd/lonUsers/(your_domain)/(first)/(second)/(third)/(username)/password 
> for example
> /home/httpd/lonUsers/msu/k/o/r/kortemey/password
> For internally authenticated, it looks like this:
> internal:3XbDe45Bh
> where the latter is the encrypted password.
> Reset one password by hand, and copy that file to the rest of the users. 
> Somebody probably already has a script like that ...
> BTW, the reason that course coordinators cannot do this is that the 
> confusion would be great if a kid is already in some courses, and then 
> their password gets messed up because they were added to another course. 
> We didn't want passwords to bounce around like that at the discretion of 
> just any course coordinator.
> - Gerd.
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