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OSGeo endevours to offer a "single signon" for OSGeo services. The userid database is kept in LDAP on (osgeo1). It is currently used for Subversion, Trac, and Drupal. It is hoped to also use it for mediawiki and possibly some other services in the future. LDAP management is the responsibility of SAC (the System Administration Committee).

NOTE: There is also an LDAP server running at telascience which is distinct from what is described here. That server is used to manage shell access to various telascience blades and is operated by Howard Butler. But it is now generally considered secondary.

LDAP Tools

Some public notes on OSGeo userids available at:

Administrators can login to this special ldap search tool, and will see email address, and will have a link to edit the LDAP entries. You need to be in the cn=admin,ou=projects listing.

SVN and other groups can be administered with the group editor. You need to either be in the group being viewed/modified or in the cn=admin,ou=projects group in order to edit a group.

Edit GDAL commit list:

Edit Admins list:

To edit an individual userid use If you add ?userid=osgeo_userid you can edit someone elses ldap entry as long as you are in the admins group.

To edit the list of people who have shell access to the telascience blades use the following url. You have to be in the group already, or in the Admins group in order to add and remove people. Adding someone will add the required posixAccount and related attributes to the users LDAP entry.

The script can also operate on other groups used for shell access using the group attribute. Currently the only other group is the sac group used for shell access on the core services VMs at OSU OSL.


OpenLDAP Admin Guide

The ldap daemon can manipulated with,

$ sudo /sbin/service ldap start|stop|restart|

The main ldap config file is,


To see detailed logging for ldap uncomment "loglevel 1" in /etc/openldap/slapd.conf, restart the service and watch /var/log/local4. But be careful leaving it like this too long, the log grows quickly and is not rotated.

Currently ldap structure is pretty basic. The purpose for keeping this structure simple is to allow for a more complex structure to be evolved as ldap becomes increasingly integrated into the full osgeo systems structure.

Loading an ldif file into an ldap directory

  $ ldapadd -a -W -x -D "cn=Manager,dc=osgeo,dc=org" -f fileName.ldif

Accessing the ldap directory through phpldapadmin

access an ldapadmin interface at

Access to this interface is restricted to the admin group

ldap structure

  • dc=osgeo,dc=org
    • cn=Manager
    • ou=people
      • Separate entity for each user
    cn=firstName lastName
    Also contains posixAccount and shadowAccount fields if this account is login enabled.
    • ou=projects,dc=osgeo,dc=org
    description=separate entity for each osgeo project with list of members
      • Separate entity for each project group
    description=osgeo sysadmin group
    • ou=svn
    description=separate entity for each repository with list of members with commit rights
      • separate entity for each svn group (for example FDO)
    member= dn of member
    • ou=Shell (parent for "login" groups)
    description=NextUID:nnnnn (the next unix uidNumber value to assign)
      • cn=telascience,ou=Shell,dc=osgeo,dc=org (list of all userids with telascience login access)
    uniqueMember=dn of member

Example ldif file

   version: 1

   dn: dc=osgeo,dc=org
   objectClass: dcObject
   objectClass: organization
   description: OSGeo ldap dit
   o: OSGeo
   dc: osgeo

   dn: cn=Manager,dc=osgeo,dc=org
   objectClass: organizationalRole
   cn: Manager

   dn: ou=people,dc=osgeo,dc=org
   ou: people
   description: all users of osgeo
   objectClass: organizationalUnit

   dn: uid=jsmith,ou=people,dc=osgeo,dc=org
   objectClass: inetOrgPerson
   uid: jsmith
   cn: Jon Smith
   sn: Smith 
   givenName: Jon
   userPassword: {md5}5Or4zfzGqo3jh/6iIUgKcA==

   dn: uid=jbrown,ou=people,dc=osgeo,dc=org
   objectClass: inetOrgPerson
   uid: jbrown
   cn: Jane Brown
   sn: Brown
   givenName: Jane 
   userPassword: {md5}1iWhTyvkK2m4Uuar+Dp/IA==

   dn: ou=projects,dc=osgeo,dc=org
   ou: projects
   description: separate entity for each osgeo project with list of members
   objectClass: organizationalUnit

   dn: cn=admin,ou=projects,dc=osgeo,dc=org
   cn: admin
   description: osgeo sysadmin group
   objectClass: groupOfNames
   member: uid=jbrown,ou=people,dc=osgeo,dc=org
   member: uid=jsmith,ou=people,dc=osgeo,dc=org

   dn: ou=svn,dc=osgeo,dc=org
   ou: svn
   description: separate entity for for each repository.list of members with commit rights
   objectClass: organizationalUnit

   dn: cn=fdo,ou=svn,dc=osgeo,dc=org
   objectClass: groupOfNames
   cn: fdo
   member: uid=jsmith,ou=people,dc=osgeo,dc=org
   member: uid=jbrown,ou=people,dc=osgeo,dc=org

   dn: cn=gdal,ou=svn,dc=osgeo,dc=org
   cn: gdal
   objectClass: groupOfNames
   objectClass: top
   member: uid=jbrown,ou=people,dc=osgeo,dc=org
   member: uid=jsmith,ou=people,dc=osgeo,dc=org

   dn: cn=mapbender,ou=svn,dc=osgeo,dc=org
   objectClass: groupOfNames
   cn: mapbender
   member: uid=jsmith,ou=people,dc=osgeo,dc=org

   dn: cn=mapguide,ou=svn,dc=osgeo,dc=org
   objectClass: groupOfNames
   cn: mapguide
   member: uid=jbrown,ou=people,dc=osgeo,dc=org