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			CAS Authentication Plugin for Mahara.

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@copyright 	(c) 2011 INSA de Lyon France
@license 	GNU General Public License - http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html
@author 	patrick.pollet@insa-lyon.fr
@version    0.2

Requires
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An institutional CAS server AND a LDAP server for user's details 

The php ldap extension MUST be installed

Some experience with Moodle's CAS auth plugin will certainly help, since the settings are the same

Some guts since this is a preliminary version ;-) 

How it works
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This plugin provides an alternate login url which is mahara/auth/cas/index.php. 
After authentication to the 'central CAS' server, user account will be autocreated if needed
from the associated LDAP server.

Currently there can be only ONE instance of this plugin on a whole Mahara site. Unpredictable results
will occur if you add several instances to several institutions.

Installation
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Get the latest zip file from github https://github.com/patrickpollet/mahara_plugin_auth_cas 
     1) if you rae running Mahara < 1.8 change branch to 1.7_stable, otherwise stay on master branch 

     2) unzip the file (named something like patrickpollet-mahara_plugin_auth_cas-ef163b7.zip) into the auth/ directory 
        of your Mahara installation

     3) rename the folder from patrickpollet-mahara_plugin_auth_cas-xxxxx to cas


OR if you use git (recommanded method):
     1)  on the command line, go to your mahara/auth directory  and type  
     2)  git clone https://github.com/patrickpollet/mahara_plugin_auth_cas.git cas
     3) this will create the required cas directory at the proper place for Mahara to find it  
     3bis) if you are running Mahara <1.8 change the branch by typing
          git checkout 1.7_stable 
     4) if your main mahara is also under git type echo htdocs/auth/cas >> .git/info/exclude
     5) you could update at any time by typing  git pull from mahara/auth/cas directory ;-))
 

3) Enable the plugin: 
		Log in Mahara as an administrator. 
		Go to "Site Administration" > "Administer Extentions"
		Enable the cas plugin
		
4) Configure  THE institution you want to authenticate with the CAS plugin :
		in "Site Administration" > "Manage Institutions" click on "Edit" for the institution you want to configure
		under "Authentication plugin" select "CAS" and click "Add"
		enter CAS specific field's and LDAP field's values as required
		These values are exactly the same as those required for the CAS authentication plugin of Moodle. 
		click submit		
		
5) Testing :
        Stay connected as administrator and, USING ANOTHER BROWSER, or ANOTHER PC ( important in case something goes wrong)
        call the URL http://yourmaharasite/auth/cas/ 
        You should be redirected to the CAS server and after authentication, back to the Mahara front page  logged in as
        the proper user 
        
6) Caution :
        In Mahara, users are associated with the authentication method they have used at the first connection (internal,LDAP...); 
        thus if the username used in CAS already exists in Mahara database, he won't be able to login by CAS. You must change
        manually in table 'usr' the value of the column 'authinstance' to match the numeric id of the CAS authentification plugin
         (the value of column id in table  'auth_instance' for the line having authname='cas').
                		
		
7) Add the link to the CAS entry page on your site.
        It can be done by editing the site front page
        or adding a site link (public only so it will diseapear when user is logged in) 
        or editing the sideblock's template login.tpl in your theme to add the link 
        and eventually remove the regular username/password entry boxes if you are 100% CAS 
        
8) AN emergency login box (for admin and internal users) is available  at http://yourmaharasite/auth/cas/admin/login.php
        
9) Getting rid of it :
        Goto to site administration / extensions and click on the link [hide] for the cas plugin          			
        Remove all references to http://yourmaharasite/auth/cas/ in your site 
        
10) TODO 
       HAve a site config option screen instead of an instance configuration        
       Make the french translation
		
Enjoy 

PP 13/12/2011
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