[pmwiki-users] Password change help

Peter Bowers pbowers at pobox.com
Fri Sep 7 01:28:14 CDT 2012

On Sat, Jul 21, 2012 at 2:57 AM, Donald Z. Osborn <dzosborn at gmail.com> wrote:
> A couple of quick questions about passwords. It's been a while since I
> have worked on this, and the help file hasn't really clarified what I
> need to know:

Always check pmwiki.org.  In this case a google of "pmwiki passwords"
or "site:pmwiki.org passwords" both give you several helpful pages.

> 1) Do passwords in the config file override anything attempted with attr?

Please see http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/PmWiki/Passwords#priority.  This
page and the PasswordsAdmin page will be very helpful.

Page overrides group.  Group overrides default (any "read", "edit" or
"attr" password that you set in config.php).  Admin (set in
config.php) overrides everything.

> 2) If not, and one can set the site password from the wiki (and not by
> going to the config file), then at what level would one do that?
> a) Site/GroupAttributes?action=attr  ?? (but it says "(set by site)
> ****" next to the box for the new password)

This means that *for pages in the group Site* you are using the site
password for attributes (set in config.php).  If you are trying to set
a password for the entire site that has to be done in config.php as
far as I know.

[Slightly off-topic -- what the OP is doing makes intuitive sense.
Having a special page akin to Group.GroupAttributes that was named
Site.SiteAttributes would make things a lot more user-friendly for
non-technical administrators.  Maybe it would need to be $Enable'd
since it does expose the site if access is obtained...]

> b) Main/GroupAttributes?action=attr ?? (but it says "@lock" next to
> the box for the new password)

This means that for pages in the group Main you are using the admin
password.  In other words, if you are getting spam in the Main group
then someone has your admin password.  If that's the case you have no
option but to get access to config.php and change it!  ASAP


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