Changes between Initial Version and Version 1 of TracFineGrainedPermissions

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     1= Fine grained permissions = 
     3Before Trac 0.11, it was only possible to define fine-grained permissions checks on the repository browser sub-system. 
     5Since 0.11, there's a general mechanism in place that allows custom permission policy plugins to grant or deny any action on any kind of Trac resources, even at the level of specific versions of such resources. 
     7== Permission Policies == 
     9=== !AuthzPolicy === 
     11An example policy based on an Authz-style system has been added. See 
     12[source:trunk/sample-plugins/permissions/] for details. (See also [source:trunk/sample-plugins/permissions] for more samples.) 
     14 - Install [ ConfigObj] (required). 
     15 - Copy this file in your plugins directory 
     16 - Plonk a [ authzpolicy.conf] file somewhere. FIXME: what does ''plonk'' mean? ;-) 
     17 - Update your `trac.ini`: 
     21permission_policies = AuthzPolicy, DefaultPermissionPolicy 
     24authz_file = /some/trac/env/conf/authzpolicy.conf 
     28authz_policy = enabled 
     31Note that the order in which permission policies are specified is quite critical,  
     32as policies will be examined in the sequence provided. 
     34A policy will return either `True`, `False` or `None` for a given permission check. 
     35Only if the return value is `None` will the ''next'' permission policy be consulted. 
     36If no policy explicitly grants the permission, the final result will be `False`  
     37(i.e. no permission). 
     39For example, if the `authz_file` contains: 
     42* = VIEW 
     45john = VIEW 
     46* = 
     48and the default permissions are set like this: 
     50john           WIKI_VIEW 
     51jack           WIKI_VIEW 
     52# anonymous has no WIKI_VIEW 
     56 - All versions of WikiStart will be viewable by everybody (including anonymous) 
     57 - !PrivatePage will be viewable only by john 
     58 - other pages will be viewable only by john and jack 
     61=== mod_authz_svn-like permission policy === 
     63At the time of this writing, the old fine grained permissions system from Trac 0.10 and before used for restricting access to the repository has not yet been converted to a permission policy component, but from the user point of view, this makes little if no differences. 
     65That kind of fine-grained permission control needs a definition file, which is the one used by Subversion's mod_authz_svn.  
     66More information about this file format and about its usage in Subversion is available in the [ Subversion Book (Per-Directory Access Control)]. 
     71* = r 
     74harry = rw 
     75sally = r 
     78harry = 
     81 * '''/''' = ''Everyone has read access by default'' 
     82 * '''/branches/calc/bug-142''' = ''harry has read/write access, sally read only'' 
     83 * '''/branches/calc/bug-142/secret''' = ''harry has no access, sally has read access (inherited as a sub folder permission)'' 
     85==== Trac Configuration ==== 
     87To activate fine grained permissions you __must__ specify the {{{authz_file}}} option in the {{{[trac]}}} section of trac.ini. If this option is set to null or not specified the permissions will not be used. 
     91authz_file = /path/to/svnaccessfile 
     94if you want to support the use of the `[`''modulename''`:/`''some''`/`''path''`]` syntax within the `authz_file`, add  
     97authz_module_name = modulename 
     100where ''modulename'' refers to the same repository indicated by the `repository_dir` entry in the `[trac]` section. 
     102'''Note:''' Usernames inside the Authz file __must__ be the same as those used inside trac.  
     104==== Subversion Configuration ==== 
     106The same access file is typically applied to the corresponding Subversion repository using an Apache directive like this: 
     108<Location /repos> 
     109  DAV svn 
     110  SVNParentPath /usr/local/svn 
     112  # our access control policy 
     113  AuthzSVNAccessFile /path/to/svnaccessfile 
     117For information about how to restrict access to entire projects in a multiple project environment see [trac:wiki:TracMultipleProjectsSVNAccess] 
     120See also: TracPermissions