[Moin-user] single user account, multiple wikis

Rick Vanderveer rick.vanderveer at gmail.com
Thu Jan 10 18:21:17 EST 2008

A new feature of 1.6 (I believe it was added in 1.6, I don't think it
existed before then) is the ability to specify the user directory, so that
you can use a common directory among all your wiki's.

http://moinmo.in/HelpOnUserHandling  (see last section)

Of course, you'll probably want to upgrade to a wiki-farm, which has the
benefit of reducing duplicate configurations (i.e. one master configuration
that effects all your wiki's, then individual configs for only those things
that are unique to that wiki (like the logo)).

A farm is also useful (at least in my case) because to helps separate
similar, but separate, content.  So, when a user searches for a common term,
she only gets the result that pertain to that project/department.

Then of course, you'll need to upgrade to Moin 1.6 (if indeed user_dir is a
1.6-only feature).  An overview and concatenated instructions are here:



On Jan 10, 2008 3:14 PM, Ted Stern <dodecatheon at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have a conceptual question:
> I started evangelizing MoinMoin in my organization a couple of years
> ago, and I've been too successful.  Now everyone and his brother wants
> to start their own wiki.
> For simplicity, I originally set up one wiki with the cgi-bin script
> method.
> Later, I set up a template wiki that I clone so that each new wiki is
> a copy of the template with a few names changed:
>      wiki.server.com/TemplateWiki/
>      .............../AnotherWiki/
>      .............../AndAnotherWiki/
> This works well enough, except that users have to create new accounts
> for each wiki.
> Problems:
>  1) There's a lot of proprietary/export - restricted material in
>     these wikis, so I have to use access control.
>  2) Users have to have multiple accounts, causing confusion.
>  3) Wiki host doesn't support aliasing (e.g. anotherwiki.server.com)
> I was considering setting up a wiki farm, but as far as I understand,
> this still has multiple accounts.
> Alternatively, I could simply place the wiki at the top level, and
> make other wikis into SubPages, using SubPage group permissions to
> control access.  This is probably the best solution, because it means
> users have to have only one account, and once they are logged in, they
> can get into the other SubPages easily.
> The only drawback I can see is that I lose the ability to have a
> different logo for each SubPage.  But perhaps that might be tolerable.
> I guess what I'm looking for in posting here is shared experiences:
> has anyone run into anything like this before?  Am I missing something
> about wiki farms that I ought to know?
> Ted
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