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What difference is there between the Admin and Master pass?

on 2/8/13, 6:45 AM 11,479 views


I'm trying to install on a linux Debian server, I get this error when I contact my server on port 8069, and fill in the password for Master and Admin:

OpenERP Server Error

Client Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/opt/openerp/openerp-7.0-20130208-002317/openerp/addons/web/http.py", line 195, in dispatch
    response["result"] = method(self, **self.params)
  File "/opt/openerp/openerp-7.0-20130208-002317/openerp/addons/web/controllers/main.py", line 719, in create
  File "/opt/openerp/openerp-7.0-20130208-002317/openerp/addons/web/session.py", line 31, in proxy_method
    result = self.session.send(self.service_name, method, *args)
  File "/opt/openerp/openerp-7.0-20130208-002317/openerp/addons/web/session.py", line 98, in send
    raise xmlrpclib.Fault('AccessDenied', openerp.tools.ustr(e))

Server Access denied.

What difference is there between the Admin and Master pass?


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on 2/10/13, 8:09 AM


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On 2/8/13, 9:01 AM

To understand how this works you have to picture three different "entities" talking to each other: your browser, the OpenERP server and the database server.

When you start up OpenERP, before any users connect, it needs to be able to get into the database server and load up the list of all available databases. So, OpenERP needs its own password.

When the OpenERP administrator creates or drops databases, he/she needs a password that is NOT known by the many possible administrators of individual databases.

When an administrator uses a browser to connect to the OpenERP server, the first step is to choose a single database for use. Each database is managed separately, and possibly by different administrators. The user can only gain administrative access to the databases for which he/she knows the specific admin password.

In other words, you actually have three passwords:

  1. The password OpenERP uses to get into PostgreSQL. It is known as "db_password" in the OpenERP configuration file.
  2. The password the site administrator uses to control all the databases; the Master password. It is known as "admin_password" in the OpenERP configuration file.
  3. The password an individual database administrator needs to have full control over a single database; the Admin password. This is stored, along with all the other database users, inside the database itself.

Caveat : This is true of 6.1 (and just about every 3-tier system I've ever seen), it MAY have changed for 7.0, but I'll leave it to someone else to slap me down if I'm wrong.

To see an Admin password you can follow these steps (tried in 6.1):

you:-$ # Take on postgres user privileges
you:-$ sudo -sHu postgres
postgres:-$ # Start up the PostgreSQL command line.
postgres:-$ psql -d yourDataBaseName
psql (9.1.7)
Type "help" for help.

yourDataBaseName=: # Query the user table
yourDataBaseName=: select login, password from res_users;
 login | password 
 rick  | rick123
 admin | WheyHaarD4u2Guess
(2 rows)


Thanks for the answer, however there is still something I don't understand: what is the administrator's identifier (or login in unix parlance)? Is it 'root'? is it 'postgresql'? is it 'openerp'? On the 'Create Database' page of openERP, whose password is the Master Password? and whose password is th

on 2/9/13, 12:08 PM

On database creation, you must set:

  • in Master Password the password used to connect to postgresql. It can be found as admin_password in your conf file.
  • in Admin Password the password that will be created for the new admin OpenERP user in the new database.
Camptocamp SA
on 2/10/13, 6:27 AM

Yannick is correct. I'd add that you can't have different master passwords for multiple super-users; with just one per installation, the OpenERP super-user needs no 'identifier' per se. You could run your site with Unix user name and group openerp:openerp, but that is a different issue.

on 2/10/13, 7:44 AM

Unable to recover forgot master password. ? any steps to recover ?

on 2/11/13, 12:47 AM

Charlie, your already asked how to recover the password here: How to recover master password if I forgot it? And you have some answers.

Camptocamp SA
on 2/11/13, 5:45 AM

Yannick: this url linked over their, but till not correct answer to fix it.

Does any rule to don't comment here ? FK

on 2/11/13, 6:21 AM

Well, the idea is to have one question per topic. Let's try solving your issue in your question, not here :)

Camptocamp SA
on 2/11/13, 8:47 AM

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