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Complete set of docs

Found on the TWiki:

As far as I can tell, the "complete" set of documentation for WeBWorK should consist of the following:

  • a description of webwork for the student, professor, and administrator
  • system requirements (in the installation manual)
  • installation instructions (installation manual)
  • configuration instructions
    • basic configuration is in installation manual
    • a comprehensive list of course environment variables is now in the comments of global.conf and database.conf, but needs to be made accessible. convert to POD?
    • has POD docs, but they have to get put on the wiki
    • the NETPBM stuff is in the installation manual (but really should go away!!!)
  • task-oriented usage instructions
    • admin tasks (like course creation)
      • course admin tasks
    • instructor tasks
    • student tasks
  • command line script documentation
  • library reference (this is/will be POD)
  • pg language reference
    • basics
    • cookbook techniques
    • standard macro packages and modules (some of this exists in POD form on Frontier site)
    • extending pg
  • how to get support
  • contributing to the webwork project (patches, donations, etc)

(this list originally from Message-ID: <>)

-- Main.SamHathaway - 10 Nov 2003

Docs on webhost that are still valuable

Found on the TWiki:

There is quite a bit of documentation written for WebWorK 1.x. Some of it is still applicable to WeBWorK 2, including:

-- Main.SamHathaway - 24 Aug 2004

Fixing authentication

Right now

  • Moodle database is used, a bunch of boondoggle to connect it to MediaWiki (sso in Moodle and AuthMoodle.php (which sucks) in MW.
  • MediaWiki fails! when trying to create MW user record on first login.

I want

  • Primary user database is on MediaWiki (with passwords in MW usesalt format)
  • Moodle creates user record from MW data
    • Can I get Moodle to require the additional required fields that it doesn't get from MW?
  • Moodle authenticates against MW password
    • any issue with usesalt?
  • Do this with Moodle's built-in "external database authentication"

Sam 15:08, 6 March 2008 (EST)


  • External database authentication ALMOST supports this
  • passtype is used to transform the password string before checking it against the DB.
  • Could add a type for usesalt MD5, but it would have to be a change to the EXECUTE line, since it needs to grab the MW user_id field to use in the hashing.
  • Moodle internal password checking accepts:
    • md5($password.$CFG->passwordsaltmain) (passwordsaltmain is empty by default)
    • md5($password)
  • Also looks at 20 "alternative salts" (whatever they are) but then updates the hashed password to use the current main salt. i assume the alternate salts are previous values for the main salt.
  • See moodle/auth/db/.