[mod_python] how to set req.user?

Gregory (Grisha) Trubetskoy grisha at modpython.org
Thu Apr 21 14:54:02 EDT 2005

That's a documentation error. req.user has been writable for quite a while 


On Thu, 21 Apr 2005, Bud P. Bruegger wrote:

> Hello,
> I would like to write a simple handler that sets the REMOTE_USER 
> cgi-variable.  The incentive of this is that no matter how the user 
> authenticates (with HTTP BASIC or with SSL client-cert-auth and 
> +fakeBasicAuth), I would like to present the same person ID to the (cgi) 
> application.  In particular, I would like to set REMOTE_USER to the national 
> unique person identifier (similar to a U.S. social security number).  For 
> example, the handler should take the HTTP BASIC user name or Distinguished 
> Name returned by mod_ssl, use it to look up the national person ID, and then 
> assign it to REMOTE_USER.
> My problem is that the Request Member "user" documented to be read-only. 
> Does this mean that I have to intervene some time after the authentication 
> phase and before the request is passed off to the cgi application?  Should I 
> maybe act on req.subprocess_env in the Fixup handler?
> Maybe it is relevant that in a simple test with Apache 1.3, a SetEnv 
> REMOTE_USER <someLiteral> worked and was visible from the CGI App.
> Many thanks in advance for any help
> -b
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