General Administration

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Adding a new user account

foo@gallifrey:~$ sudo tardis-adduser

The tardis-adduser script lives in cvs and is installed on gallifrey at /usr/sbin/tardis-adduser. The script prompts you to enter the details straight off the application form, please note that usernames should be no greater than 8 characters. (That said, we already have some longer user names; at least try to ensure that the first 8 characters are unique.) Punctuation should be avoided --- for example, the wiki has problems with underscores.

With the account added, sysmans will be informed, and the user will be emailed their username and password and a link to a webpage on how to login.

Don't worry about allusers.

Removing a user

Beware: We have not removed many accounts before, so take care and pay attention to what the script is doing. If you are at all uncertain ask someone else to do it.

On gallifrey, use the tardis-removeuser script, as root.

Providing a user with web space

This currently needs to be done manually:

foo@gallifrey:~$ sudo mkdir /var/autofs/www/users/<username>
foo@gallifrey:~$ sudo mkdir /var/autofs/www/users/<username>/pages
foo@gallifrey:~$ sudo mkdir /var/autofs/www/users/<username>/cgi-bin
foo@gallifrey:~$ sudo mkdir /var/autofs/www/users/<username>/stats
foo@gallifrey:~$ sudo chown -R `getent passwd <username> | cut -d: -f 3-4` /var/autofs/www/users/<username>/cgi-bin
foo@gallifrey:~$ sudo chown -R  <username>:www-data /var/autofs/www/users/<username>/pages
foo@gallifrey:~$ sudo chown -R  root:root /var/autofs/www/users/<username>/stats
foo@gallifrey:~$ sudo chmod 755 /var/autofs/www/users/<username>/*

Actually I've scripted this in davros:/root/make_webdir . Just make the first argument the username.

Changing a user password

On any machine with a proper LDAP setup (currently gallifrey or mccoy) use passwd normally.

Reading the support inbox

   foo@mccoy:~$ sudo su - support
   support@mccoy:~$ mutt

You can also use pine instead of mutt if you prefer.

Once you have dealt with a piece of support mail, please move it to a folder with the user's name so that others don't repeat your efforts, but can still find the messages later. Similarly, put any mail you send in a folder with the recipient's user name. If the person you are dealing with is not a Tardis user, use a folder named after their email address.

Mailing list adminstration

Adding or removing an administrator

The appropriate edits need to be made to /etc/sudoers and /root/adminschange.ldif and then updated with ./root/ on mccoy. Edits may also need made to /etc/aliases and updated with newaliases, also on mccoy, to add the user to sysmans.

Group Accounts

See Managing Group Accounts.