Monitors and Administrators

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Adding Passwords

When adding administrator or monitor passwords to the server properties file, conf/properties.txt, make sure the file is not publicly accessible through your Web server and is not readable by others on your server system.

Only the vcclient subdirectory should be accessible through your Web server when the VOLANO chat server is installed following the instructions in the Administrator Guide. You can prevent others on the system from reading the file by modifying its permissions. On UNIX systems such as Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, and Mac OS X, you can set its permissions by running the chmod command below from the VOLANO chat server installation directory:

$ chmod 600 conf/properties.txt

After that command, the server properties file will have the UNIX file permissions shown below when installed under a username of volano. This allows only the user logged in as volano, or programs (such as the VOLANO chat server) running under the account, to read and modify the file:

$ ls -l conf/properties.txt
-rw------- 1 volano volano 4560 2009-03-04 08:22 conf/properties.txt

VolanoChat monitor

This is the monitor version of the VolanoChat applet. You must first set the server.password server property before you can access the server as a monitor. Monitors can remove, kick, and ban people in any of the chat rooms.

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The applet tag for this applet is the same as the normal VolanoChat applet except for the following additional parameter:

<param name="monitor" value="true" />

VolanoChat administrator

This is the administrator version of the VolanoChat applet. You must first set the admin.password server property before you can access the server as an administrator. Administrators can remove, kick, and ban people in any of the chat rooms. In addition, administrators can send broadcast messages into all of the public and personal chat rooms.

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The applet tag for this applet is the same as the normal VolanoChat applet except for the following additional parameter:

<param name="admin" value="true" />

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