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change password to mediawiki
09-01-2011, 11:47 AM
Post: #1
change password to mediawiki
I currently have a password locked MediaWiki. In other words, access to the wiki itself requires a login name and a password. I can't seem to figure out how to change the password. I don't think I can get to this setting through the wiki itself (I'm an admin and bureaucrat on the wiki) but probably have to do it through DreamHost settings for the domain or the application.

Can anyone point me to where I might find this info? Thanks!
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09-01-2011, 12:08 PM
Post: #2
RE: change password to mediawiki
MediaWiki doesn't have a concept of setting a password for the entire wiki — chances are that what you've configured requires users to have an account on the wiki and log in using that to read anything. If that's the case, then you can create accounts for your users at the UserLogin special page (http://wiki.example.com/wiki/Special:UserLogin).
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09-01-2011, 01:02 PM (This post was last modified: 09-01-2011 01:10 PM by Paul36.)
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RE: change password to mediawiki
(09-01-2011 12:08 PM)andrewf Wrote:  MediaWiki doesn't have a concept of setting a password for the entire wiki — chances are that what you've configured requires users to have an account on the wiki and log in using that to read anything. If that's the case, then you can create accounts for your users at the UserLogin special page (http://wiki.example.com/wiki/Special:UserLogin).

I don't think it's quite that case. People who come to the wiki have to give a name and password to read OR access the wiki at all. That name and password is the same for anyone who tries to see/access the wiki. In other words, a global password. THEN people can log in to their own user accounts on the wiki or create a user account. This global access name and password pops up as a floating box which is why I don't think it's part of the wiki software but rather a security feature for the domain. It also has a SSL certificate; I don't know if that might be part of the process.

Obviously I'm a little sketchy about the details. I set this wiki up in 2009 and I've forgotten quite how the details work. I suspect it has to do with access to the database (I have a database name for it) and a database password (I have that as well). So I think the database of files the wiki accesses is password locked somehow.

Is that any clearer?

I'm pretty sure now that the domain is asking for the password, not the wiki.
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09-01-2011, 01:47 PM
Post: #4
RE: change password to mediawiki
That sounds like it's just a .htaccess password, then! Check in the Panel under "Htaccess / WebDAV"; if it's not set up through there, connect over FTP and look for .htaccess and .htpasswd files in the wiki directory. (You may have to change some settings in your FTP client to make it show hidden files.)
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09-01-2011, 01:56 PM (This post was last modified: 09-01-2011 02:24 PM by Paul36.)
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RE: change password to mediawiki
(09-01-2011 01:47 PM)andrewf Wrote:  That sounds like it's just a .htaccess password, then! Check in the Panel under "Htaccess / WebDAV"; if it's not set up through there, connect over FTP and look for .htaccess and .htpasswd files in the wiki directory. (You may have to change some settings in your FTP client to make it show hidden files.)

Aha! That sounds right! I'm remembering something about the .htaccess files. My understanding of this kind of stuff is limited but I'm sure I can muddle through now that I'm pointed in the right direction. If I have more questions I'll be back. Thanks so much for your help!
Worked like a charm. I just needed to be pointed in the right direction. Thanks again.
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