Some Assistance Please

Derek Atkins derek at
Tue May 23 16:22:49 EDT 2017


On Tue, May 23, 2017 1:11 pm, doncram wrote:
> Wow the process to change documentation (at
> ) seems
> pretty complicated, even impossible for Windows users.

What's so complicated about a git checkout and using the appropriate
DocBook tools to edit the DocBook sources of the manual?

>   I would hope it
> should be possible to have a full working version of the Tutorial and
> Concepts Guide that is open for edits/improvement by users informed about
> accounting and trying to make the Guide more useful for basic users, in a
> wiki document (where changes can be seen and there can be discussion at
> Talk pages).

There's no good way to translate from Wiki to PDF.  There was a conscious
decsion a while ago that we wanted offline help, which meant a non-wiki

>    Then periodically when the Wiki editors get consensus that a
> new version is ready, just one programmer type person with Linux could go
> through those complicated steps to get it published.  Allow different
> parties to specialize in how they contribute.  I for one would like to
> contribute in improving the Concepts guide text.

The publication side is fine, and we do already go through that.  As for
people reading/editing -- github pull requests provide that.

> Currently I am trying to log into the Wiki but keep getting error message:
> There seems to be a problem with your login session; this action has been
> canceled as a precaution against session hijacking. Go back to the
> previous
> page, reload that page and then try again.

I think you need to clear your cache/cookies and try again.  Not sure what
happened here.

> Recent changes shows that Jrall opened an account for me, which I reported
> did not allow me to edit, because I need to get some user group rights
> added, and I don't yet know if I was able to log in again whether I would
> be able to edit yet.

This is correct; you have not validated your email.  At least according to
the database, you are not "email authenticated" which is a requirement to
edit the wiki.  I do not know why it says "email_authenticated" is NULL
for both you and Buddha.  Did you actually confirm your email?  Can you
try confirming it again?

The previous users in the list appear to have done so -- but it also
appears there are a number of users who have not.

This COULD be a bug in the ConfirmAccount plugin where it does not
properly translate the email authentication across.  Or it could be a bad
interaction between CA and the built-in email confirmation.

So can you confirm you confirmed your email?  Can you try confirming
again?  Let me know if/when you attempt this.  Better yet, can you come
onto IRC during 9a-5p EDT and we can work on trying to track down the

Yes, I could just go into the database and fix it manually (which I'll
gladly do as a last resort), but I'd rather get down to the bottom of the
actual issue.



       Derek Atkins                 617-623-3745
       derek at   
       Computer and Internet Security Consultant

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