[pmwiki-users] How to detect if a page has @nopass for the read password

Petko Yotov 5ko at 5ko.fr
Tue Jul 13 16:20:12 CDT 2010

On Tuesday 13 July 2010 13:41:27, Eemeli Aro wrote :
> Which actually raises an interesting point: is it really sensible that
> page variables don't obey any permissions, but are always accessible?
> Page text variables are protected, mind. Would it really give a huge
> performance hit if PageVar() also checked for permissions before
> processing a page variable?

Most default PageVariables have to be visible even if the page is read-
protected, for example {$Author}, {$Group}, {$FullName}, {$DefaultGroup} etc., 
otherwise major parts of PmWiki may break, notably links and skins. And 
because the PageVariables are 'eval'-uated from strings, we can't know in 
advance if a page should or shouldn't be checked against permissions. So we 
don't check. I don't think that is a problem that needs to be addressed at the 

If admins add new PageVariables, they should know that these are potentially 
visible for all pages. We should document this. OTOH, a PV can be defined with 
a custom function which uses RetrieveAuthPage() to check permissions.


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