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Hey Mailman users !

I suggest that a password button would be added to the admindb pages. (A
password change button is not needed, but just a password button, in case
of cookies problemes).

A traveling list moderator, accessing the web page for administration, can
fall on a browser without cookies. Cookies problem can also appear at the
server side, for instance we have such a problem since one month, when we
updated mailman and python. The problem is very hard to find and our live
is turning into a nightmare since that.

On the admin page, in case of cookies problem, it is always possible to
introduce the admin passwd in the box "Enter current password:", without
entering nothing in the new password cases. On the contrary, in the
admindb page, there is absolutely no password box, so the only thing we
can do is a cut and past from the web page to a e-mail client and send the
message to the list.

A password box would be very helpfull and I would be very happy to see one
in the next release or even sooner. Thank you to everybody who can help.

Jean-Bernard

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  • Ricardo Kustner at Mar 14, 2000 at 6:20 pm
    Hi,
    On Tue, Mar 14, 2000 at 12:50:05PM -0500, Jean-Bernard ADDOR wrote:
    A traveling list moderator, accessing the web page for administration, can
    fall on a browser without cookies. Cookies problem can also appear at the
    server side, for instance we have such a problem since one month, when we
    updated mailman and python. The problem is very hard to find and our live
    is turning into a nightmare since that.
    If cookie problems appear at the server side, the only thing i can think
    of is that the system clock on the server is incorrect, causing the cookies
    to expire immediately.
    On the admin page, in case of cookies problem, it is always possible to
    introduce the admin passwd in the box "Enter current password:", without
    entering nothing in the new password cases. On the contrary, in the
    admindb page, there is absolutely no password box, so the only thing we
    can do is a cut and past from the web page to a e-mail client and send the
    message to the list.
    If i understand what you want, this shouldn't be too difficult to implement.
    Which version of Mailman are you using? I could make a small patch for you
    that adds a password entry input field on the admindb page. But it won't
    be an 'offical' patch for MM though... and when you upgrade MM you have to
    do it again... (that's what I have to do with most of the things i've
    changed in MM myself :) )

    Ricardo.

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  • Ricardo Kustner at Mar 15, 2000 at 7:29 pm

    On Wed, Mar 15, 2000 at 10:15:27AM -0500, Jean-Bernard ADDOR wrote:
    Pierre-Martin set the system clock last night, without any effect, some of
    our lists are still no more working, as if we didn't used cookies with our
    browsers.
    Your patch would be very welcome. If you indicate from witch line of the
    existing code you take inspiration or copy, I'll have a look and I'll try
    to understand. It will like it.
    well it turns out the functionality is already there in the code, but commented out :)
    have a look at ~mailman/Mailman/Cgi/admindb.py, around line 273, and remove the
    '##' in front of these three lines:

    ## form.AddItem('Admin password: ')
    ## form.AddItem(PasswordBox('adminpw'))
    ## form.AddItem('<p>')

    This way, you can manually type the password when submitting the pending posts...

    I hope this is what you're looking for...

    Ricardo.

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