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 <<O>>  Difference Topic TWikiUserAuthentication (r1.15 - 29 Dec 2002 - PeterThoeny?)
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  • ALERT! In the original TWiki distribution, in twiki/data, there are two registration form topics, TWikiRegistration and TWikiRegistrationPub?. The original form includes an intranet Login Username field. For Basic Authentication, the original form is replaced by the Pub version. If you started using TWiki on Basic Authentication and want to change, you have to switch back forms for future use, and manually correct the existing entries, by editing TWikiUsers?, adding the Login Username for each member - PeterThoeny - pthoeny - 01 Jan 1999 - and also in the .htpasswd file, where you can either replace the WikiNames or duplicate the entries and have both, so both usernames will work. verification and clearer rewrite to follow in a bit. also link to original installation mention.
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  • ALERT! In the original TWiki distribution, in twiki/data, there are two registration form topics, TWikiRegistration and TWikiRegistrationPub?. The original form includes an intranet Login Username field. For Basic Authentication, the original form is replaced by the Pub version. If you started using TWiki on Basic Authentication and want to change, you have to switch back forms for future use, and manually correct the existing entries, by editing TWikiUsers, adding the Login Username for each member - PeterThoeny - pthoeny - 01 Jan 1999 - and also in the .htpasswd file, where you can either replace the WikiNames or duplicate the entries and have both, so both usernames will work. verification and clearer rewrite to follow in a bit. also link to original installation mention.

 <<O>>  Difference Topic TWikiUserAuthentication (r1.14 - 19 May 2002 - MikeMannix?)
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TWiki site access control and user activity tracking

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TWiki site access control and user activity tracking options

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  1. Forget about authentication to make your site completely public - anyone can browse and edit freely, in classic Wiki mode. All visitors are assigned the TWikiGuest default identity, so you can't track individual user activity.
  2. Use SSL (Secure Sockets Layer; HTTPS) to authenticate and secure the whole server.
  3. Use Basic Authentication (.htaccess) to control access by protecting key scripts: attach, edit=, installpasswd, preview, rename, save, upload using the .htaccess file. The TWikiInstallationGuide has step-by-step instructions.
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  1. Forget about authentication to make your site completely public - anyone can browse and edit freely, in classic Wiki mode. All visitors are assigned the TWikiGuest default identity, so you can't track individual user activity.
  2. Use SSL (Secure Sockets Layer; HTTPS) to authenticate and secure the whole server.
  3. Use Basic Authentication (.htaccess) to control access by protecting key scripts: attach, edit=, installpasswd, preview, rename, save, upload using the .htaccess file. The TWikiInstallationGuide has step-by-step instructions.
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  • NOTE: This approach can fail if the IP address changes due to dynamically assigned IP addresses or proxy servers.
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  • ALERT! This approach can fail if the IP address changes due to dynamically assigned IP addresses or proxy servers.
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This section applies only if your TWiki is installed on a server that is both authenticated and on an intranet.

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This section applies only if your TWiki site is installed on a server that is both authenticated and on an intranet.

TWiki internally manages two usernames: Login Username and TWiki Username.

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TWiki internally manages two usernames: Login username and TWiki username.

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  • Login Username: When you login to the intranet, you use your existing login username, ex: pthoeny. This name is normally passed to TWiki by the REMOTE_USER environment variable, and used internally. Login Usernames are maintained by your system administrator.
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  • Login username: When you login to the intranet, you use your existing login username, ex: pthoeny. This name is normally passed to TWiki by the REMOTE_USER environment variable, and used by internally by TWiki. Login usernames are maintained by your system administrator.
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  • TWiki Username: Your name in WikiNotation, ex: PeterThoeny, is recorded when you register using TWikiRegistration; doing so also generates a personal home page in the Main web.
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  • TWiki username: Your name in WikiNotation, ex: PeterThoeny, is recorded when you register using TWikiRegistration; doing so also generates a personal home page in the Main web.
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TWiki can automatically map an Intranet (Login) Username to a TWiki Username, provided that the username pair exists in the TWikiUsers topic. This is also handled automatically when you register.

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TWiki can automatically map an intranet username to a TWiki username, provided that the username pair exists in the TWikiUsers topic. This is also handled automatically when you register.

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  • ALERT! In the original TWiki distribution, in twiki/data, there are two registration form topics, TWikiRegistration and TWikiRegistrationPub?. The original form includes an intranet Login Username field. For Basic Authentication, the original form is replaced by the Pub version. If you started using TWiki on Basic Authentication and want to change, you have to switch back forms for future use, and manually correct the existing entries, by editing TWikiUsers?, adding the Login Username for each member - PeterThoeny - pthoeny - 01 Jan 1999 - and also in the .htpasswd file, where you can either replace the WikiNames or duplicate the entries and have both, so both usernames will work. verification and clearer rewrite to follow in a bit. also link to original installation mention.
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-- MikeMannix - 29 Aug 2001


 <<O>>  Difference Topic TWikiUserAuthentication (r1.13 - 15 Sep 2001 - MikeMannix?)
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TWiki does not authenticate users internally, it depends on the REMOTE_USER environment variable. This variable is set when you enable Basic Authentication (.htaccess) or SSL "secure server" authentication (https protocol).

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TWiki does not authenticate users internally, it depends on the REMOTE_USER environment variable. This variable is set when you enable Basic Authentication (.htaccess) or SSL "secure server" authentication (https protocol).

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No special installation steps need to be performed if the server is already authenticated. If not, you have three standard options for controlling user access:

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No special installation steps are required if the server is already authenticated. If it isn't, you have three standard options for controlling user access:

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 <<O>>  Difference Topic TWikiUserAuthentication (r1.12 - 14 Sep 2001 - PeterThoeny?)
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  1. Use Basic Authentication (HTAccess) to control access by protecting key scripts: attach, edit=, installpasswd, password, preview, rename, save, upload, view, viewfile using .htaccess files. The TWiki Installation Guide has step-by-step instructions.
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  1. Use Basic Authentication (.htaccess) to control access by protecting key scripts: attach, edit=, installpasswd, preview, rename, save, upload using the .htaccess file. The TWikiInstallationGuide has step-by-step instructions.

 <<O>>  Difference Topic TWikiUserAuthentication (r1.11 - 12 Sep 2001 - MikeMannix?)
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 <<O>>  Difference Topic TWikiUserAuthentication (r1.10 - 07 Sep 2001 - MikeMannix?)
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TWiki User Authentication

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TWiki User Authentication

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Overview

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Overview

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Authentication Options

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Authentication Options

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Partial Authentication

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Partial Authentication

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TWiki Username vs. Login Username

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TWiki Username vs. Login Username

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Changing Passwords

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Changing Passwords

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 <<O>>  Difference Topic TWikiUserAuthentication (r1.9 - 06 Sep 2001 - MikeMannix?)
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No special installation steps need to be performed if the server is already authenticated. If not, you have three remaining options to controlling user access:

  1. Forget about authentication. All changes are registered to TWikiGuest user, so you can't tell who made changes. Your site is completely open and public - anyone can browse and edit freely, in classic Wiki mode.
  2. Use Basic Authentication for the edit and attach scripts. This uses .htaccess and generates the familiar grey log-in window. The TWiki Installation Guide has step-by-step instructions.
  3. Use SSL to authenticate and secure the whole server.
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No special installation steps need to be performed if the server is already authenticated. If not, you have three standard options for controlling user access:

  1. Forget about authentication to make your site completely public - anyone can browse and edit freely, in classic Wiki mode. All visitors are assigned the TWikiGuest default identity, so you can't track individual user activity.
  2. Use SSL (Secure Sockets Layer; HTTPS) to authenticate and secure the whole server.
  3. Use Basic Authentication (HTAccess) to control access by protecting key scripts: attach, edit=, installpasswd, password, preview, rename, save, upload, view, viewfile using .htaccess files. The TWiki Installation Guide has step-by-step instructions.
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Tracking by IP Address

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Partial Authentication

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The REMOTE_USER environment variable is only set for the scripts that are under authentication. If, for example, the edit, save and preview scripts are authenticated, but not view, you would get your WikiName in preview for the %WIKIUSERNAME% variable, but view will show TWikiGuest instead of your WikiName.

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Tracking by IP address is an experimental feature, enabled in lib/TWiki.cfg. It lets you combine open access to some functions, with authentication on others, with full user activity tracking:

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There is a way to tell TWiki to remember the user for the scripts that are not authenticated, ex: in case the REMOTE_USER environment variable is not set. TWiki can be configured to remember the IP address/username pair whenever an authentication happens (edit topic, attach file). Once remembered, the non-authenticated scripts like view will show the correct username instead of TWikiGuest. You can enable this by setting the $doRememberRemoteUser flag in TWiki.cfg. TWiki persistently stores the IP address/username pairs in the file $remoteUserFilename, which is "$dataDir/remoteusers.txt" by default. Please note that this can fail if the IP address changes due to dynamically assigned IP addresses or proxy servers.

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  • Normally, the REMOTE_USER environment variable is set for the scripts that are under authentication. If, for example, the edit, save and preview scripts are authenticated, but not view, you would get your WikiName in preview for the %WIKIUSERNAME% variable, but view will show TWikiGuest instead of your WikiName.
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Authentication Test: You are TWikiGuest (%WIKIUSERNAME%)

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  • TWiki can be configured to remember the IP address/username pair whenever an authentication happens (edit topic, attach file). Once remembered, the non-authenticated scripts, like view, will show the correct username instead of TWikiGuest.

  • Enable this feature by setting the $doRememberRemoteUser flag in TWiki.cfg. TWiki then persistently stores the IP address/username pairs in the file, $remoteUserFilename, which is "$dataDir/remoteusers.txt" by default.

  • NOTE: This approach can fail if the IP address changes due to dynamically assigned IP addresses or proxy servers.

Quick Authentication Test - Use the %WIKIUSERNAME% variable to return your current identity:

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NOTE: *To correctly enter a WikiName* - your own or someone else's - be sure to include the Main web name in front of the Wiki username, followed by a period, and no spaces. Ex:

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NOTE: To correctly enter a WikiName - your own or someone else's - be sure to include the Main web name in front of the Wiki username, followed by a period, and no spaces. Ex:

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Change and reset passwords using forms on regular pages. Use topic-level TWikiAccessControl to restrict use as required.

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Change and reset passwords using forms on regular pages. Use TWikiAccessControl to restrict use as required.

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 <<O>>  Difference Topic TWikiUserAuthentication (r1.8 - 06 Sep 2001 - MikeMannix?)
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Controlling TWiki site access and logging authorized user activity

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TWiki site access control and user activity tracking

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  1. Forget about authentication. All changes are registered to TWikiGuest user, so you can't tell who made changes. Your site is completely open and public - anyone can browse and edit freely, in classic Wiki mode.
  2. Use Basic Authentication for the edit and attach scripts. This uses .htaccess and generates the familiar grey log-in window. The TWiki Installation Guide has step-by-step instructions.
  3. Use SSL to authenticate and secure the whole server.
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  1. Forget about authentication. All changes are registered to TWikiGuest user, so you can't tell who made changes. Your site is completely open and public - anyone can browse and edit freely, in classic Wiki mode.
  2. Use Basic Authentication for the edit and attach scripts. This uses .htaccess and generates the familiar grey log-in window. The TWiki Installation Guide has step-by-step instructions.
  3. Use SSL to authenticate and secure the whole server.
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Change and reset passwords using forms on regular pages. Use topic-level TWikiAccessControl to restrict use as required.

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 <<O>>  Difference Topic TWikiUserAuthentication (r1.7 - 04 Sep 2001 - MikeMannix?)
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Change password

Forgot your old password? Then use ResetPassword instead. Please only use ResetPassword in case you really forgot your password. Thank you.

Your WikiName: **
Old password: **
New password: **
Retype new password: **
     (Fields marked ** are required)

After submitting this form your password will be changed.

Request for reset of password

Please only use this ResetPassword form in case you really forgot your password. Otherwise just change it using ChangePassword. Thank you.

Your WikiName: **
New password: **
Retype new password: **
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After submitting this form you will see a page with your new password appearing encrypted.


 <<O>>  Difference Topic TWikiUserAuthentication (r1.6 - 03 Sep 2001 - MikeMannix?)
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Changing Passwords


 <<O>>  Difference Topic TWikiUserAuthentication (r1.5 - 02 Sep 2001 - MikeMannix?)
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TWiki does not authenticate users internally, it depends on the REMOTE_USER environment variable. This variable is set when you enable basic authentication or authentication via SSL (https protocol).

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Controlling TWiki site access and logging authorized user activity

Overview

TWiki does not authenticate users internally, it depends on the REMOTE_USER environment variable. This variable is set when you enable Basic Authentication (.htaccess) or SSL "secure server" authentication (https protocol).

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  1. Forget about authentication. All changes are registered to TWikiGuest user, so you can't tell who made changes. Your site is completely open and public.
  2. Use Basic Authentication for the edit and attach scripts. This uses .htaccess and generates the familiar grey log-in window. TWiki Installation Notes has more.
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  1. Forget about authentication. All changes are registered to TWikiGuest user, so you can't tell who made changes. Your site is completely open and public - anyone can browse and edit freely, in classic Wiki mode.
  2. Use Basic Authentication for the edit and attach scripts. This uses .htaccess and generates the familiar grey log-in window. The TWiki Installation Guide has step-by-step instructions.
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There is a way to tell TWiki to remember the user for the scripts that are not authenticated, ex: in case the REMOTE_USER environment variable is not set. TWiki can be configured to remember the IP address/username pair whenever an authentication happens (edit topic, attach file). Once remembered, the non-authenticated scripts like view will show the correct username instead of TWikiGuest. You can enable this by setting the $doRememberRemoteUser flag in TWiki.cfg. TWiki persistently stores the IP address / username pairs in file $remoteUserFilename, which is "$dataDir/remoteusers.txt" by default. Please note that this can fail if the IP address changes due to dynamically assigned IP addresses or proxy servers.

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There is a way to tell TWiki to remember the user for the scripts that are not authenticated, ex: in case the REMOTE_USER environment variable is not set. TWiki can be configured to remember the IP address/username pair whenever an authentication happens (edit topic, attach file). Once remembered, the non-authenticated scripts like view will show the correct username instead of TWikiGuest. You can enable this by setting the $doRememberRemoteUser flag in TWiki.cfg. TWiki persistently stores the IP address/username pairs in the file $remoteUserFilename, which is "$dataDir/remoteusers.txt" by default. Please note that this can fail if the IP address changes due to dynamically assigned IP addresses or proxy servers.

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NOTE: To correctly enter a WikiName - your own or someone else's - be sure to include the Main web name in front of the Wiki username, followed by a period, and no spaces. Ex:

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NOTE: *To correctly enter a WikiName* - your own or someone else's - be sure to include the Main web name in front of the Wiki username, followed by a period, and no spaces. Ex:


 <<O>>  Difference Topic TWikiUserAuthentication (r1.4 - 01 Sep 2001 - MikeMannix?)
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TWiki Authentication

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TWiki User Authentication

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 <<O>>  Difference Topic TWikiUserAuthentication (r1.3 - 29 Aug 2001 - MikeMannix?)
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TWiki does not authenticate users internally, it depends on the REMOTE_USER environment variable. This variable is set when you enable basic authentication or authentication via SSL (https protocol)

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TWiki does not authenticate users internally, it depends on the REMOTE_USER environment variable. This variable is set when you enable basic authentication or authentication via SSL (https protocol).

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TWiki keeps track who made changes to topics at what time. This gives a complete audit trail of changes.

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TWiki uses visitor identification to keep track of who made changes to topics at what time and to manage a wide range of personal site settings. This gives a complete audit trail of changes and activity.

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No special installation steps need to be performed in case the server is already autenticated. If not you can opt for one of these:

  • Forget about authentication. All changes will be registered as TWikiGuest user, e.g. you can't tell who made changes.
  • Use basic authentication for the edit and attach scripts. TWiki Installation Notes tells you more about that.
  • Use SSL to authenticate and secure the whole server.
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Authentication Options

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The REMOTE_USER environment variable is only set for the scripts that are under authentication. If for example the edit, save and preview scripts are authenticated, but not view, you would get your WikiName in preview for the %WIKIUSERNAME% variable, but view will show TWikiGuest instead of your WikiName.

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No special installation steps need to be performed if the server is already authenticated. If not, you have three remaining options to controlling user access:

  1. Forget about authentication. All changes are registered to TWikiGuest user, so you can't tell who made changes. Your site is completely open and public.
  2. Use Basic Authentication for the edit and attach scripts. This uses .htaccess and generates the familiar grey log-in window. TWiki Installation Notes has more.
  3. Use SSL to authenticate and secure the whole server.
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There is a way to tell TWiki to remember the user for the scripts that are not authenticated, e.g. for the case where the REMOTE_USER environment variable is not set. TWiki can be configured to remember the IP address / username pair whenever an authentication happens (edit topic, attach file). Once remembered, the non authenticated scripts like view will show the correct username instead of TWikiGuest. You can enable this by setting the $doRememberRemoteUser flag in TWiki.cfg. TWiki persistently stores the IP address / username pairs in file $remoteUserFilename, which is "$dataDir/remoteusers.txt" by default. Please note that this can fail in case the IP address changes due to dynamically assigned IP addresses or proxy servers.

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Tracking by IP Address

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Test: You are TWikiGuest.

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The REMOTE_USER environment variable is only set for the scripts that are under authentication. If, for example, the edit, save and preview scripts are authenticated, but not view, you would get your WikiName in preview for the %WIKIUSERNAME% variable, but view will show TWikiGuest instead of your WikiName.

There is a way to tell TWiki to remember the user for the scripts that are not authenticated, ex: in case the REMOTE_USER environment variable is not set. TWiki can be configured to remember the IP address/username pair whenever an authentication happens (edit topic, attach file). Once remembered, the non-authenticated scripts like view will show the correct username instead of TWikiGuest. You can enable this by setting the $doRememberRemoteUser flag in TWiki.cfg. TWiki persistently stores the IP address / username pairs in file $remoteUserFilename, which is "$dataDir/remoteusers.txt" by default. Please note that this can fail if the IP address changes due to dynamically assigned IP addresses or proxy servers.

Authentication Test: You are TWikiGuest (%WIKIUSERNAME%)

TWiki Username vs. Login Username

This section applies only if your TWiki is installed on a server that is both authenticated and on an intranet.

TWiki internally manages two usernames: Login username and TWiki username.

  • Login username: When you login to the intranet, you use your existing login username, ex: pthoeny. This name is normally passed to TWiki by the REMOTE_USER environment variable, and used by internally by TWiki. Login usernames are maintained by your system administrator.
  • TWiki username: Your name in WikiNotation, ex: PeterThoeny, is recorded when you register using TWikiRegistration; doing so also generates a personal home page in the Main web.

TWiki can automatically map an intranet username to a TWiki username, provided that the username pair exists in the TWikiUsers topic. This is also handled automatically when you register.

NOTE: To correctly enter a WikiName - your own or someone else's - be sure to include the Main web name in front of the Wiki username, followed by a period, and no spaces. Ex:
Main.WikiUsername or %MAINWEB%.WikiUsername
This points WikiUser to the TWiki.Main web, where user registration pages are stored, no matter which web it's entered in. Without the web prefix, the name appears as a NewTopic? everywhere but in the Main web.
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 <<O>>  Difference Topic TWikiUserAuthentication (r1.2 - 16 Mar 2001 - PeterThoeny?)
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TWiki Authentication

TWiki does not authenticate users internally, it depends on the REMOTE_USER environment variable. This variable is set when you enable basic authentication or authentication via SSL (https protocol)

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  • Use basic authentication for the edit and attach scripts. TWiki Installation tells you more about that.
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The REMOTE_USER environment variable is only set for the scripts that are under authentication. If for example the edit, save and preview scripts are authenticated, but not view, you would get your WikiName in preview for the %WIKIUSERNAME% variable, but view will show TWikiGuest instead of your WikiName.

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The REMOTE_USER environment variable is only set for the scripts that are under authentication. If for example the edit, save and preview scripts are authenticated, but not view, you would get your WikiName in preview for the %WIKIUSERNAME% variable, but view will show TWikiGuest instead of your WikiName.

There is a way to tell TWiki to remember the user for the scripts that are not authenticated, e.g. for the case where the REMOTE_USER environment variable is not set. TWiki can be configured to remember the IP address / username pair whenever an authentication happens (edit topic, attach file). Once remembered, the non authenticated scripts like view will show the correct username instead of TWikiGuest. You can enable this by setting the $doRememberRemoteUser flag in TWiki.cfg. TWiki persistently stores the IP address / username pairs in file $remoteUserFilename, which is "$dataDir/remoteusers.txt" by default. Please note that this can fail in case the IP address changes due to dynamically assigned IP addresses or proxy servers.

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There is a way to tell TWiki to remember the user for the scripts that are not authenticated, e.g. for the case where the REMOTE_USER environment variable is not set. TWiki can be configured to remember the IP address / username pair whenever an authentication happens (edit topic, attach file). Once remembered, the non authenticated scripts like view will show the correct username instead of TWikiGuest. You can enable this by setting the $doRememberRemoteUser flag in wikicfg.pm. TWiki persistently stores the IP address / username pairs in file $remoteUserFilename, which is "$dataDir/remoteusers.txt" by default. Please note that this can fail in case the IP address changes due to dynamically assigned IP addresses or proxy servers. Test: You are TWikiGuest.

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 <<O>>  Difference Topic TWikiUserAuthentication (r1.1 - 02 Nov 2000 - PeterThoeny?)
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TWiki does not authenticate users internally, it depends on the REMOTE_USER environment variable. This variable is set when you enable basic authentication or authentication via SSL (https protocol)

TWiki keeps track who made changes to topics at what time. This gives a complete audit trail of changes.

No special installation steps need to be performed in case the server is already autenticated. If not you can opt for one of these:

  • Forget about authentication. All changes will be registered as TWikiGuest user, e.g. you can't tell who made changes.
  • Use basic authentication for the edit and attach scripts. TWiki Installation tells you more about that.
  • Use SSL to authenticate and secure the whole server.

The REMOTE_USER environment variable is only set for the scripts that are under authentication. If for example the edit, save and preview scripts are authenticated, but not view, you would get your WikiName in preview for the %WIKIUSERNAME% variable, but view will show TWikiGuest instead of your WikiName.

There is a way to tell TWiki to remember the user for the scripts that are not authenticated, e.g. for the case where the REMOTE_USER environment variable is not set. TWiki can be configured to remember the IP address / username pair whenever an authentication happens (edit topic, attach file). Once remembered, the non authenticated scripts like view will show the correct username instead of TWikiGuest. You can enable this by setting the $doRememberRemoteUser flag in wikicfg.pm. TWiki persistently stores the IP address / username pairs in file $remoteUserFilename, which is "$dataDir/remoteusers.txt" by default. Please note that this can fail in case the IP address changes due to dynamically assigned IP addresses or proxy servers. Test: You are TWikiGuest.

-- PeterThoeny? - 02 Nov 2000


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Revision r1.1 - 02 Nov 2000 - 09:23 GMT - PeterThoeny?
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