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Description of multiuser patch
This file provides some HowTos and internals about the new multiuser
functionality of MLDonkey. The goal is to provide a p2p-service to be
used by more than user and where each user has its own environment
provided by the daemon.
Some basics and definitions
User "admin" and all users belonging to a group where group_admin = true can
see all files in any case and can use all functions of MLDonkey.
file_owner in this text means the user which owns a downloading file,
file_group means the group the file belongs to, file_owner must be a member of
this group, both values are saved in files.ini.
New options (displayed options are default values)
- "users" is kept unchanged for compatibility, all users from "users2"
are saved in "users" as well, so password are updated.
- "users2" is extended with these settings:
A list of groups the user belongs to, this user can view all files
which belong to one of the groups
user_groups = []
The default group of the user, the user must also be a member of this
group. File_group of new downloads started by the user are automatically
assigned to this value. This value can be None, this means the file is a
private one only visible to the file_owner (and admins, of course).
user_default_group = mldonkey
E-mail address to sent commit notifications to. Global option "mail"
can still be used for admins, if both addresses match only one mail is sent.
user_mail = ""
Commit files to <incoming>/<user_commit_dir>
The current incoming directory is appended with user_commit_dir.
All incoming dirs are shared recursively now to share these files
committed into user specific dirs.
user_commit_dir = ""
Like global option max_concurrent_downloads this implements a user-specific
limit of the maximum number of concurrent files a user can download. Other
downloads are queued, this is done by round-robin. If the sum of
user_max_concurrent_downloads from all users is bigger than
max_concurrent_downloads less downloads than user_max_concurrent_downloads
are in downloading state. 0 means no user-specific limit.
Users can change file priorities the control which files are not queued.
user_max_concurrent_downloads = 0
- groups, new option
At least one group named "mldonkey" with group_admin = true must exist
and will be re-created on startup if missing.
Option to control if the group has admin rights. All users belonging to such a
group have the same rights as user "admin".
group_admin = true
- each file has two new options in files.ini
file_owner: the incoming directory of the owner is used for commit,
if the user does not exist "admin" is used. If this data
field does not exist, the file will belong to user "admin".
file_group: default value for a new download is user_default_group
if file_owner is not member of file_group or the group does not
exist, the user_default_group of file_owner is used.
These two options control the display of user/group column in HTML, vd
html_mods_vd_user false
html_mods_vd_group false
Commands to control multiuser features/data
chgrp <group> <num>
change group of download <num> to <group>, group = none for private file
chown <user> <num>
change owner of download <num> to <user>
print default group of logged-in user
groupadd <group> <admin: true | false>
add new mldonkey group, only admin users can use this command
groupadmin <group> <admin: true | false>
change group admin status, only admin users can use this command
groupdel <group>
remove an unused mldonkey group, only admin users can use this command
only possible if group has no members
print groups of logged-in user
passwd <passwd>
change own password
useradd <user> <passwd>
add new mldonkey user/change user password, only admin users can use this command
usercommit <user> <dir>
change user specific commit directory
userdel <user>
remove a mldonkey user, only admin users can use this command, user "admin" can not be removed
deleting a user is only possible if the user does not own any downloads
userdgroup <user> <group|None>
change user default group
userdls <user> <num>
change number of allowed concurrent downloads, only admin users can use this command
usergroupadd <user> <group>
add a group to a mldonkey user, only admin users can use this command
usergroupdel <user> <group>
remove a group from a mldonkey user
usermail <user> <mail>
change user mail address
use this command in HTML interface for a small GUI to control users
print logged-in user name
Updating from a non-multiuser MLDonkey
When updating all files will have file_owner "admin" and file_group "mldonkey".
All existing users will have user_default_group = "mldonkey" and
user_groups = ["mldonkey"]. This means all users can use all features of
MLDonkey and see all files in use by MLDonkey core, just like before.
To hide user downloads from each other, create a new group with
group_admin = false and assign all users to this group and remove them
from all admin groups
Additional features
- file_completed_cmd has new environment variables $FILE_OWNER and $FILE_GROUP
- remove option enable_user_config, replaced by membership of admin groups
- Suggestions ?
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