[pmwiki-users] HTTP Authentication and use of login name

Dominique Faure dominique.faure at gmail.com
Fri Jun 16 15:25:17 CDT 2006

On 6/15/06, Patrick R. Michaud <pmichaud at pobox.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 10, 2006 at 02:03:01PM -0400, Neil Herber wrote:
> > On the other hand, where BA is used with obscure names like
> > "user234", it would be nice to allow the user to enter a friendlier
> > author name. I toyed with have a translation table and doing a lookup
> > where user234 became "NeilHerber". Patrick even supplied me the code
> > on this list many months ago.
> ...and I've played with the idea that authuser.php could
> automatically map userids to author-friendly names -- I'm still
> working out the syntax for it.

Why not use a kind of email recipient syntax as in the Site.AuthUser excerpt:

alice(Alice Pleasance Liddell): (:encrypt wonderland:)
dorothy(Dorothy Gale): (:encrypt toto:)

Concerning htpasswd files, according to apache's own file content
handling (as I could saw in v2.0.x sources), each lines could contains
one or more fields than the login and a password ones (aka they are
gracefully discarded while computed by the web server).

This feature could be used to maintain friendler author name in
htpasswd files, under the the condition that htpasswd apache command
tool don't handle it well. More precisely, it handles htpasswd files
like apache does :(
Hopefully, the recipe HtpasswdForm could easily be enhanced to handle
extra field(s) edition ;)


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