Perl administration for Linux fileserver

From: Jos Kirps|EducDesign (
Date: 02/03/03

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    Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 17:29:32 +0100
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    Hello everyone,

    I would like to set up a Linux based file server accessible for Linux,
    Windows and Mac clients. The administration shall be done remotely
    (web based GUI on a client machine) using Perl scripts. The Perl
    scripts must be able to:

    - add and remove directories on the server (that's not the problem)
    - add and remove users (username & password -> problem)
    - set access rights for the created directories (-> also a problem)

    My questions:

    - To add users that shall be able to access the fileserver, do I have to
    create 'real' unix user accounts, or can I use something like the
    '.htaccess' users as used by Apache (users in .htaccess files can
    only access web directories via Apache, they don't have any other
    rights on the server). I would prefer such a solution to limit what
    people with a fileserver account can do on the server.

    - How can I tell my Linux box that only certain users shall have
    access to a certain directory? Can I do this using something
    similar to '.htaccess' / '.htpasswd' ? Or what services do I have
    to use?

    - Do the scripts need root privileges to do all this, or is this
    feasable running as Apache CGI script?

    - And my last questions: are there any CPAN modules or something
    alike to help me realize such an administration tool - or - is there
    any freely available software capable of such things (should be
    Perl though).

    Best regards,
    Jos Kirps

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