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  • desktop routine to create a web user

    I want to write a desktop routine to create a web user. I see that some functions like A5WS_Get_Users() run on the desktop. Instead of reinventing the wheel, has anyone done this already? The tutorials related to creating web users refer to a web application but I want to run this on the desktop. Ideally it would retrieve the websecurity_users table from the a5webroot, and then take in (via xdialog?) the new userid, ulink, password and groups and then update the websecurity_users table in the default.webproject and publish this to the a5webroot. My database and application files are in a directory on the same drive as the a5webroot. By the way, I see that the websecurity_users.dbf file in the default.webproject is identical to the published version in the a5webroot so I assume a simple copy would suffice instead of the retrieval and publishing.
    I know that A5WS_OpenWebSecurity() will run on the desktop but I want a bullet proof one step process.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Irwin

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    Re: desktop routine to create a web user

    I did not test this with security but there is a feature pack you can run grid in the desktop so I assume it also work for Alpha Security.
    Maybe there is a better and easier solution, but grid on the using the feature desktop work aa a charme for my use.

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      Re: desktop routine to create a web user

      Thanks Eric
      Does that feature pack- running grid components in a desktop app - work for version 9? I thought it was only for version 10+
      Irwin

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        Re: desktop routine to create a web user

        Originally posted by irwincohen View Post
        I want to write a desktop routine to create a web user.
        So if I think this right Web user security in handled in Was (Alpha Five Server). So to take andvance of this feature you have to have WAS running somewhere.

        If so you could use supercontrol: Web Content ( I suppose it will be a hard job).

        Ken

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          Re: desktop routine to create a web user

          Hi Ken, I do have the WAS running. In fact both the desktop lan app and the web server are running on the same server. But lan users do not use the web apps and vice versa. But a desktop lan app would have access to the a5webroot directory.
          Thanks,
          Irwin

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            Re: desktop routine to create a web user

            Originally posted by irwincohen View Post
            Thanks Eric
            Does that feature pack- running grid components in a desktop app - work for version 9? I thought it was only for version 10+
            Irwin
            No, you need V10.5 plus the feature pack

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              Re: desktop routine to create a web user

              My database has a web interface and a desktop interface in the office. I want the office staff to add web users but the office staff does not use the web interface.
              I have written a routine to add a web user from a desktop (not the web) application. Because this is undocumented I am anxious to know if anybody sees any danger in what I am doing.
              The application directory for the project (C:\a5v9\work\work.webprojects\default.webproject) and the directory for the project webroot (c:\a5webroot\work) are always on the same drive on the same computer. I check to see on what drive I am working (for the file copy later).
              The users are allowed to change their passwords online. The files websecurity_users.dbf, websecurity_members.dbf and websecurity_groups.dbf are found in both locations and always seem to be identical after publication or retrieval of the security files. I added the files websecurity_users.dbf, websecurity_members.dbf and websecurity_groups.dbf in the application directory (not the webroot) to the database. First I copy the 3 files from the webroot to the application directory. I search websecurity_users.dbf to be sure the new user is not already a web user. I enter a new record in websecurity_users.dbf and get a guid = alltrim(STRITRAN(API_UUIDCREATE(), "-" , "")). I fill in the fields Guid, Userid, Passent, Updlocal, Password and Ulink in the table. I copy the group guid from websecurity_groups.dbf and enter it with the guid for the user into a new record in websecurity_members.dbf. Then I close the files and copy the three files back to the project in the webroot from the application directory.
              Does anyone see any problem with my direct manipulation of the web security files this way?
              Thanks for reading this.
              Irwin

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                Re: desktop routine to create a web user

                Sounds plausable to me...if it works. Why do you copy the files back & forth rather than access them directly in the web root - are you not using xbasic (i.e. manual data entry)? Maybe Steve Wood will chime in here? He's the security expert.
                Peter
                AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

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                https://www.alphabasesolutions.com


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                  Re: desktop routine to create a web user

                  Thanks Peter, I copy the files back and forth because I have to add the web security files to the database in order to add a record for the new user. The catch is, that the drive for the entire project changes. On my development machine everything is on C: but on the application server everything is on D: But since the security files are in a subdirectory of the database; (webprojects, default project) I do not have to specify the drive in the path when I add them to the database. If I added the files from the web root I would have to specify the full path including the drive and that can not be known when I add the files to the database. But for the copy I do use xbasic to find out what drive I am working on and that can be done at run time. So I have to make the changes in the database subdirectory and copy them to the webroot. I start with a copy from the web root in case a user has changed a password. The whole thing is in xbasic in a button on-click event. It does seem to be working in testing. I just put it in production and a little concerned about the long term effects because it is undocumented. But I am optimistic.
                  Thanks for your reply.
                  Irwin

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