[LON-CAPA-admin] Unix Users
raeburn at msu.edu
Wed Dec 7 23:04:51 EST 2016
There is no requirement to have any LON-CAPA users in a domain who are
filesystem authenticated (i.e., "unix" users).
However, when a new LON-CAPA domain is first set up, a user with a
Domain Coordinator role needs to be created in the domain, and that is
typically done by running the make_domain_coordinator.pl script in
loncom/build within the lon-capa-X.Y.Z directory from where ./UPDATE
was run to install LON-CAPA.
The make_domain_coordinator.pl script will create a new Linux account
for the username of the new DC, and that DC user will be filesystem
authenticated within LON-CAPA.
If a domain prefers not to have any filesystem authenticated users in
the domain, the authentication type for that DC user can be switched
from filesystem authentication to one of internal, Kerberos 5, or
local, by using Main Menu > "Create users or modify the roles and
privileges of users" > "Add/Modify a User".
A Domain Coordinator can also change the authentication for existing users
Main Menu > "Create users or modify the roles and privileges of users"
> "Upload a File of Users"
and uploading a CSV file containing usernames, and then checking the
"Yes" radiobutton for "Change authentication for existing users in
domain <domain> to these settings?", and selecting the preferred
LON-CAPA 2.6.0 discontinued support for switching authentication for
existing users *to* filesystem authenticated via the web GUI.
Authors do not need to be filesystem authenticated.
In the early days of LON-CAPA, authors were provided with Linux
accounts on a library server to allow them to access their
Construction Spaces directly within ~/public_html on the filesystem.
That ceased to be supported in LON-CAPA 2.11.0 when authoring spaces
were moved to /home/httpd/html/priv/<dom>/<username>. For library
servers using Apache/SSL, webDAV (support added in 2.11.0) can be used
by an author to access a Construction Space directly, i.e., without
using the web GUI, if a domain coordinator enables it.
LON-CAPA Academic Consortium
Quoting "Lucas, Mark" <lucasm at ohio.edu>:
> Could someone remind me - at this point who has to be a unix user on the
> system? Does the domain coordinator need to have a unix account?
> At this point authors do not, correct?
> Preparing for a move of our library server to a VM over in
> information technology
> and just getting a little nervous,
> Mark Lucas email: lucasm at ohiou.edu
> 252D Clippinger Lab phone: (740)597-2984
> Department of Physics and Astronomy fax: (740)593-0433
> Ohio University
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