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'Access Denied' or 'Please Log In'


Setting DENYTOPICVIEW to exclude the guest account produces an Oops screen with 'access enied'. This is usually OK.

However there are some situations where saying "Please Log In" would make more sense, or the authentication screen, whatever it may be, is presented.

As far as I can see, it is only when an unathenticated (i.e. ientity is TWikiGuest) user tries to edit does the authentication mechanism, usually Apache's basic authentication with the baselline distribution, get invoked.

I'd like to be able to to treat access attempts by TWikiGuest as "please log in" and access violations by logged in users not in the ACL for that topic or web as "access denied".

Details should be added to the documentation on access control

I'm runnning a site exposed to the Internet. Each web is a special interest area. The home page carries a welcome/overview, but to post to that web and visit many of the topics will require being registered and being in the group for that web. I imagine this is not an unusual situation and someting similar might apply in corporate wikis as well where ther are various webs for different departments. Certainly in network level access control keeping 'engineering' and 'payroll' networks and servers seperate is common practice.

-- AntonAylward - 18 Jun 2005


Topic revision: r1 - 2005-06-18 - AntonAylward
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