Admin reference

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__NOTITLE__ This page is a reference for ProgClub system administrators. For information about ProgClub domains, see Domains. For information about member services, see Services. See Machines for information about hosts on the ProgClub network. See Projects for current projects or check out our Forums to get in touch.

Administrative reference

If you're administering ProgClub assets, please document your actions on the wiki. See the relevant pages:

See Future machine names for the kind of stuff we're on about.

See, or update, Network administration for work that needs to be done.


Etckeeper is now installed on Charity, which means the correct procedure after making edits to files in /etc is to issue:

$ sudo etckeeper commit "my reasoning here"

after you're done with your changes. There's an auto commit every day, and an autocommit whenever you apt-get install something. You can manually commit your changes as above. To see the commit log for a particular file:

$ sudo bzr log /etc/passwd

To revert an unwanted or bad change, work out which revision you want to revert to (see log above) and run:

$ sudo bzr revert --revision <commit number> <file>

For example, to restore the /etc/passwd file to the state it was in in revision 3,

$ sudo bzr revert --revision 3 /etc/passwd

To check for uncommited changes, run (From inside /etc):

$ sudo bzr status

For example:

$ sudo bzr status

If you see no output, there are no uncommited changes.

Adding a new user

Kerberos administration

To create a new user in Kerberos:

  • SSH to
  • Login
  • Run kadmin addprinc, i.e. $ sudo kadmin -p {your username} -q "addprinc {username}"
    • Note: use sudo so that the log file can be written
    • {your username} is your ProgClub username
    • {username} is the ProgClub username of the user your are adding

If the user is an administrator, add them to /etc/krb5kdc/kadm5.acl. E.g., at the end of the file,

username@PROGCLUB.ORG *

replacing 'username' as appropriate. You need to restart the KDC after this change:

$ sudo /etc/init.d/krb5-admin-server restart

LDAP administration

To create a user in LDAP:

  • Open the LDAP administration tool
  • Login: cn=admin,dc=progclub,dc=org
  • Navigate to: ou=users
  • Click 'Create new entry here'
  • Choose 'Default'
  • Container should be: ou=users,dc=progclub,dc=org
  • ObjectClass: inetOrgPerson
  • Select the RDN attribute: Username (uid)
  • Enter 'cn', this is the Common Name, i.e. the user's full name
  • Enter 'sn', this is the Surname, i.e. the user's last name
  • Enter 'displayName', i.e. the user's full name
  • Enter 'Email', i.e. the user's email address
  • Enter 'givenName', i.e. the user's first name
  • Enter 'Password', type in lots of junk, set to MD5
  • Enter 'Username', this is their Posix username, all lowercase
  • Click 'Create Object'
  • Review the entry and click 'Commit'
  • Scroll down to 'objectClass' and click 'add value'
  • Select 'posixAccount'
  • Enter the 'gidNumber': 500 for admin, 501 for user
  • Enter the 'homeDirectory': /home/{username}, e.g. /home/jj5
  • Enter the 'uidNumber': this is the member number allocated on the web-site in Members
  • Click 'Add ObjectClass and Attributes'
  • Review the entry and click 'Update Object'
  • Scroll down to 'objectClass' and click 'add value'
  • Select 'shadowAccount'
  • Click 'Add new ObjectClass'