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Auto login via Remote User

Chris Earle (CBL)
This extension http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Auto_Login_via_REMOTE_USER
requires web server  authentication right?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but this means that the contents of the User Table
would have to be in the passwd file defined through the .htaccess file
right?

.. because it passes whatever the user authenticates on the webserver with
through to the wiki/extensions scripts right?

(resulting in this not really being useful because i've got to duplicate my
user table ....)


Comments appreciated,

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Re: Auto login via Remote User

Stephen Warren
Chris Earle (CBL) wrote:

> This extension http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Auto_Login_via_REMOTE_USER
> requires web server  authentication right?
>
> Correct me if I'm wrong, but this means that the contents of the User Table
> would have to be in the passwd file defined through the .htaccess file
> right?
>
> .. because it passes whatever the user authenticates on the webserver with
> through to the wiki/extensions scripts right?
>
> (resulting in this not really being useful because i've got to duplicate my
> user table ....)
The idea is that Apache is setup to authenticate users using
PAM/LDAP/..., so it's already using whatever user/password database you
already have.

Then, with this addon, you get all the accounts loaded into MediaWiki
automatically (well, when people first access the wiki), without having
to maintain a separatate user/password database in MediaWiki itself.


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