passwordless saceserver? (for scripted access)

Ed Griffiths edgrif at sanger.ac.uk
Mon Sep 3 12:51:57 EST 2001


> Is there a way to suppress the socket aceserver's
>   Please enter userid:
>   Please enter passwd:
> handshake?  In the old aceserver I could connect via simple shell scripts
> directly.  Now, even though I've set the database to "READ WORLD" in
> wspec/serverconfig.wrm, the prompt still comes up.  If I try to include
> appropriate responses in the script, e.g.
>   /usr/local/bin/saceclient ceres.plbr.cornell.edu -port 2000 <<EOF
>   anonymous
>   guest
>   EOF
> the result is
>   Please enter userid: anonymous
>   FATAL ERROR -   (user, machine & program version not available)  in file sclient.c, at line 67: Unable to get terminal attributes for input of password.
> If I connect through saceclient interactively, I can enter anything as the
> userid and just hit Return for the passwd.

I modelled the interactions on programs like ftp which for simplicity require
you to enter some sort of userid/passwd even if they are basically dummies. I am
happy to add code to saceclient to allow the userid/passwd to be specified on
the command line using  "-userid your_userid -passwd  your_passwd". I saw Tims
fix to the code which I will check and add to our source code, but I think the
command line options is a cleaner solution.

> I see that this can be done through AcePerl (and it takes a lot of code to
> do it, in SocketServer.pm) but I'd like to be able to have more direct
> access.

OK, I'm a little confused here, all clients must supply a userid and userid +
passwd hash when connecting, I assumed that AcePerl was talking directly to the
socket server, not via saceclient...that was one of the major points of moving
to sockets. I'm not sure what the "takes a lot of code" is about ??

Does anyone have any comments about this ?

cheers Ed

| Ed Griffiths, Acedb development, Informatics Group,                    |
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