Access control for friends and wizards

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Access to the content of a base is controlled through several mechanisms:

  • A server level access control limiting access to a list of persons, verified by a password
  • A base level access control limiting access to a list of persons, verified by a password

These two mechanisms restrict to a known list the possible visitors to a base. See Access for details.

  • A generic of specific password mechanism giving to some visitors the status of:
    • Wizard: having total read and write access to the base content
    • Friend: having total read access to the content of the base
    • Visitors: (default status) having limited access to the content of the base (persons older than years old, as defined by in the configuration file basename.gwf. default is 150 years).

Generic access

Generic access is directly defined in the configuration file basename.gwf:


Two syntaxes are possible

  • username:password: in this case all users share the same username/password pair;
  • password: in this case, no username need to be supplied.

For instance, the grimaldi.gwf configuration file os the GeneWeb test base contains:


Note that the access control pop-up window of GeneWeb may offer in some context a single capture field rather that two. In this case, one should entre the full {{c|username:password]] sequence (or password if there is no username).

Specific access

Specific access control is achieved by defining files containing username:password pairs. The names of those files are directly defined in the configuration file basename.gwf and should reside in the bases folder:


The systax of those files is as follows:

username:password:full name:comment
username:password:first-name /last-name:comment

The full name appears in the wizard page, alphabetically sorted. The / helps define the sorting position in the case of compound names. For instance: louis:xyz:Louis de /Broglie will be sorted at letter B and appear as Broglie (Louis de).

When both specific access and generic access are specified in the configuration file basename.gwf, the specific access mechanism takes precedence.