New clug website?

Bob Edwards Robert.Edwards at
Thu Jun 20 09:26:40 EST 2002

Brad Hards wrote:
> On Thu, 20 Jun 2002 06:12, Michael Still wrote:
> > On Wed, 19 Jun 2002, Bob Edwards wrote:
> > > I have been playing with TWiki this last few days and have decided to
> > > adopt it as a documentation mechanism for the sys. admins. at Dept. of
> > > Computer Science at ANU. It just requires mod_perl installed and seems to
> > > run quite happily. It allows _anyone_ (or a limited number, if someone
> > > wants to administer user databases) to create and edit pages on the web
> > > site using just a browser.
> >
> > Hmmmmm. Can you apply a template to the wiki pages so they are a little
> > less ugly? I guess I am concerned about random people changing pages... Is
> > there a change history of pages so you can revert to a known good version?
> There is apparently a "skinnable" system, but I haven't tried it.
> Certainly the change history is the big advantage of TWiki over other
> WikiClones - the back end file system is basically RCS.
> > Also, is there a concept of moderated pages, where a change as to be
> > approved in email by someone?
> Not that I'm aware of. But you can mark some pages read only (except for an
> assigned group), which might be enough.
> Brad

The way we are setting it up is with two bin directories: one protected
by basic auth using LDAP with all bins and the other unprotected with the
edit etc. bins removed.

This means that anyone can read/search etc. any page, but to
etc. pages you need to be authenticated.

However, the TWiki documentation makes it clear that they believe that you
shouldn't stop anyone from editing anything. An interesting social experiment.
And, as Brad points out, all changes are checked into RCS, so it is easy
enough to restore a previous version of a page.

Simple enough to install and probably easy enough to manage.


Bob Edwards.

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