[isf-wifidog] basic auth server.

Benoit Grégoire bock at step.polymtl.ca
Ven 9 Sep 11:24:24 EDT 2005

On September 9, 2005 09:36 am, Ian White wrote:
> Under the new auth server is the auth/log/heartbeat etc part separated from
> the portal part ?
> Wifidog is good, and I think many people would convert from nocat if there
> was a basic auth server structure that they could wrap their own portal
> code around.
> I know there is the test message one from a year ago, but wonder if
> something better exists, or if the code is modularized enough to pull out
> the auth parts.

Well, the code is much more object oriented now, which improved separation a 
lot.  Defining splash-only hotspots (hotspots with no login page), and 
defining custom urls to redirect to instead of the portal is also supported.  
However, administering your auth server still depends on the default UI 
(altough you can have a custom CSS).  

Wrapping a different portal system around the current auth server would not be 
very difficult, and could be standardised with a minimum of collaboration.

I would however be interested to know what you want in a portal system that 
the current one doesn't provide and that could not be integrated to it.

We made a herculean effort to make just about everything visually defined by 
the CSS.  I admit that there is work left in modularising toolbar content 
handling in the code, but other than that we don't really see what couldn't 
be integrated.  I do understand however that it may not be obvious right now 
to someone digging in the code WHERE they are supposed to plug into.

We most probably missed several use cases, but we would like to know them so 
we can continue to improve.  Especially right now since we are in the middle 
of a partial rewrite, and the UI for the login and portal interfaces haven't 
been revised yet.

Benoit Grégoire, http://benoitg.coeus.ca/
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