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PM Login Problems

by jlongino (Parson)
on Oct 21, 2001 at 08:51 UTC ( #120362=monkdiscuss: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

Zecho and I had trouble logging in this morning (10/20/01) but with Petruchios help we were able to get somewhat back to normal. Petruchio speculated that the problem was similar to one he had previously experienced (see Help!!!).

The solution is to login with &displaytype=raw and disable the CPAN and EDC nodelets from user settings. The problem is that you have to login in order to change user settings, but having the suspect nodelets activated prevents you from logging in. On Petruchios advice we logged in using a URL of the fashion:

http://www.perlmonks.org/index.pl?user=XXXX&passwd=XXXX&op=login&displ +aytype=raw
Then the problem was trying to get to user settings without having nodelets turned on. Fortunately I had a bookmark for user settings. Even if you do succeed in logging in, getting to user settings and turning the suspect nodelets off, the settings have a magical way of turning themselves back on. Deleting your PM cookie is recommended at the onset of problems. You can always reset it once you think you have the problem licked.

My suggestion in the CB was that if there were a checkbox beneath the login/password box that allowed you to login directly to your user settings with &displaytype=raw in effect, it might serve as a temporary workaround for affected users. tilly suggested that I write this nodelet but Petruchio believes that the checkbox option is probably not feasible (I have no reason to doubt him). However, I have created a browser bookmark for the URL above and one for user settings, so I should be prepared if this happens to me again. I've wasted a full day on this problem and hopefully, this post might spare a few other users the same aggravation. I guess this is pennance for my last PMD fiasco.

"If you are going through hell, keep going." -- Sir Winston Churchill

Update: For clarification, Petruchio meant that he didn't think that it was feasible for pmdev, not that it wasn't possible.

Update It also appears that Damian1301 contributed the login URL above (originally attributed to Petruchio). The URL contributed by Petruchio was:

http://www.perlmonks.org/index.pl?node_id=1702&displaytype=raw

Sorry, as I wrote this node I had to rely solely on the recollections of an almost 43-year old, caffiene/sleep deprived brain.

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Re: PM Login Problems
by Zecho (Hermit) on Oct 22, 2001 at 05:48 UTC
    my answer to the question of whether or not it's feasible is to add an option to the direct login page, whether it be a checkbox or what have ya, that allows for a failsafe login. A second submit button like :
    <input type=submit name="displaytype" value="raw">

    with a short line related to it's reason for being, should be fairly simple to add.

Re: PM Login Problems
by Zecho (Hermit) on Oct 22, 2001 at 09:31 UTC
    Here's a quick fix I worked up here on my machine
    At the top of the code for the login page, I added:
    if ($query->param('safe_mode') eq 'true') { $$VARS{nodelets_off} = 1; } else { $$VARS{nodelets_off} = 0; }
    and I changed this:
    $query->checkbox("expires", "", "+10y", "save me a permanent c +ookie, cowboy!"). $query->submit("submit", "submit")

    to
    $query->checkbox("expires", "", "+10y", "save me a permanent c +ookie, cowboy!")."<br>". $query->checkbox("safe_mode", "", "true" ,"Nodelets Of +f.")."<br>". $query->submit("submit", "submit")
    This works like a charm, without any side effects (at least none that I've seen so far). It's just a suggestion but, knowing my experience-level, there may be security or other related issues that I'm not aware of.

    Update if you want to see this in action, go here and just click it on and off, no need for a username etc. Once you click submit, it will adjust the nodelets accordingly.

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