Monthly Archives: October 2010

Disabling smb shares requires users password on snow leopard

I have just came across a very stupid idea that is implanted in OS X (Snow Leopard at least).  Believe me it doesn’t make sense as the computer administrator to have it setup this way.

When I go to sharing -> File Sharing and then open the options window.  I get options on setting up SMB for my windows machines on my network.  That is all fine and dandy, however if I want to disable it from sharing a users folder via smb (user authentication is required for the windows machine to access the files) I discovered that I must enter that users password to disable it.

To me this seems like a very bad idea from an administrators point of view.  I have no way without resetting the password to change this setting.  I didn’t even remember my postgresql users password as when I had set it up I generated a random password and never remembered it.

I can’t say whether hiding the user completely will make it disappear from that page.  I am too lazy to read up on how to do that for something that doesn’t even display on my login page (how I did that I can’t remember as I read a tutorial on how to setup postgresql on mac os x a long time ago).

So, I had to reset the password to something I could type in just to disable this feature.  Not the best way for a computer administrator to disable something.

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SMF poster info on right

So I am a little bored.  I decided to figure out how much css it would take to make the poster info be on the right.  Turns out, actually not that much.

float: right;
width: 16em;

margin: 0 15em 0 1em;

.post, .modifybutton
clear: left;

margin: 0 0 0 1em;

Which could be shrunk down even more, but I wanted to tweak a few things as well to perfect the fit.

Now for the fun part, we can make this a user option.

First we create a file in Themes/default/css/ and call it something like post_right.css.  It will need the contents of the css above.

Secondly, we go to Admin Control Panel -> Core Features.  Then we enable Advanced Profile Fields and save.  We can either click the link now or navigate to it from the menu.

Now we create a new field.  There is a trick here I would suggest.  For the name use “postright”.  You can fix it after you save it the first time.  This will ensure we get a column name of “cust_postri” and not something totally meaning less.  Advance Profile Fields will use the first 6 characters of the name as the column name, unless you modify it manually (ie direct database edit).

Since that is all said and done, we have to make one edit to index.template.php in Themes/default

We will look for:

// RTL languages require an additional stylesheet.

Now we will add some code to check the user option exists

// If the user wants it, put the poster info on the right.
if (!empty($options[‘cust_postri’]))
echo ‘
<link rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” href=”‘, $settings[‘theme_url’], ‘/css/post_right.css?rc3″ />’;

Save that and it is done.

SMF Poster Info to the right

What is even better is the fact we can make a greasemonkey script.  Now I am not an expert so I just googled how to do this.

Basically it would be something like this though:

// ==UserScript==
// @name           SMF poster to right
// @namespace
// @include*
// ==/UserScript==

function addGlobalStyle(css) {
var head, style;
head = document.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0];
if (!head) { return; }
style = document.createElement(‘style’);
style.type = ‘text/css’;
style.innerHTML = css;

addGlobalStyle(‘.poster{ float: right; width: 16em;} .postarea{ margin: 0 15em 0 1em;} .post, .modifybutton{ clear: left;} .moderatorbar{ margin: 0 0 0 1em;}’);

It would require some configuration such as where to include it.

Here are the files css and greasemonkey files, you will need to save them to your desktop and put them in their correct locations.

post_right CSS file

smf_poster_to_right.user JS file

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