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Manage core users

First the existing quasselcore commandline switches to add a user and to change a user's password are discussed. This is followed by a section on disabling and deleting users, as this is not yet available as a quasselcore switch; bug report and workarounds are provided.

Add a user (Version >= 0.5)

quasselcore provides a command-line option:
  • --add-user

Starts an interactive session to add a new core user

Quassel Core permissions and config location (notes for Ubuntu and Debian users)

Note for Ubuntu (10.10 and lower) and Debian users
If you install quasselcore via the default Ubuntu (or Debian) package then your config dir is in '/var/cache/quassel'.
This means that you need to run quasselcore --add-user with --configdir=/var/cache/quassel and with permissions such that it can access that directory. Usually this means running it with sudo for Ubuntu or as root for Debian. So for adding a user the example would be

 sudo quasselcore --configdir=/var/cache/quassel --add-user 

Note for Ubuntu 11.04 (and later) Users
If you install quasselcore via the default Ubuntu 11.04 package the config directory is now in '/var/lib/quassel'.
This means that you need to run quasselcore --add-user with --configdir=/var/lib/quassel and with permissions such that it can access that directory. Usually this means running it with sudo. So for adding a user the example would be

 sudo quasselcore --configdir=/var/lib/quassel --add-user 

In case this still gives permission issues (recognized by the 'Core is currently not configured!' message), try:

sudo -u quasselcore -s

followed by

quasselcore -c /var/lib/quassel --add-user

Similarly, it's necessary to be running as the correct user for password changes. For Ubuntu (and Debian with the correct path) this works, although you will have to stop a running core first:

sudo start-stop-daemon --start --chuid 'quasselcore' --exec 'quasse/usr/bin/quasselcore' --configdir='var/lib/quassel' --change-userpass=$USER_TO_BE_CHANGED

Note for openSUSE Users
If you install quasselcore via the openSUSE package (at least from the KDE:Extra repositories), the config directory is in '/var/lib/quasselcore'.
This means that you need to run quasselcore --add-user with --configdir=/var/lib/quasselcore and with permissions such that it can access that directory. Usually this means running it as root or with sudo. So for adding a user the example would be

 sudo quasselcore --configdir=/var/lib/quasselcore --add-user 

and for changing an user's password:

 quasselcore --change-userpass=someusername --configdir=/var/lib/quasselcore 

(run as root)

Change a user's password (Version >= 0.5)

quasselcore provides a command-line option:
  • --change-userpass=[USERNAME]

Starts an interactive session to change the password of the user identified by username

Note: please see the quassel core permissions and config location section above!

Disable a user account

Disabling a user account prevents login, but their backlog and settings are still kept.

Quassel Core does not have a commandline switch to disable a user's account. As a workaround for disabling an account, change their password to an arbitrary long string.

Delete a user account

Disabling a user account prevents login, and their backlog and settings are also removed.

Deletion of users as a quasselcore --del-user switch is not implemented. It is tracked as a feature request:

- https://bugs.quassel-irc.org/issues/909

A shell script to delete users is also available (SQLite only). This is untested and the author is unknown, use with caution!

- https://pastebin.com/raw/U8HqbLmh