If you use archlinux and use more than one of the web tools, you'll have multiple accounts, because each tool has its own authentication database.


Having Single-Sign-On (SSO) or at least one account for all systems would simplify life with the webtools.

Quick overview

As of today, I see at least four systems being used:

Quick analysis

In the bugtracker you can see a bug in which using openid is described. OpenID may be an interesting option, though I see another one that could be doable.

Database support

All applications with the exception of mailman, are database based. Fluxbb support at least MySQL and PostgreSQL, Mediawiki support MySQL and PostgreSQL, Flyspray supports MySQL and PostgreSQL and aur seems to use MySQL (seen in support/schema/aur-schema.sql).

Mailman has no database support, but from my point of view, it makes sense to leave mailman seperated, as mailman's primary key is an email address, which may be different for each mailinglist anyway (I'm using a different e-mail address for every person / mailinglist).

One database, multiple schemas

All these tools have their own schemas and are not written to support each other. But there's a very elegant way supported by PostgreSQL to access different "views" in a read-write manner: schemas.

PostgreSQL normally has one default schema, named "public". With PostgreSQL one could create a new database that contains all the authentication information and map it into the schemas of the other databases.

This is a proposal

I'm not good in politics, nor interested in arguing or fighting for a solution. Instead, I'm giving this proposal, which I'm willing to help and/or coordinate with Archlinux Sysadmins.

One way to do it

Coming back to the original idea, here's one way to do it:

Test the proposal

  • Create a new userdb
  • Analyse schemas of applications
  • Create mappings from application schemas to userdb
  • Verify that applications work

Prepare the migration

  • Try to import data from current live sources
  • Fix any collisions
  • Define what a fix is: Delete or merge or rename or whatever
  • Ensure that AUR also supports postgresql

Test the migration

  • Import data from live systems into the new databases
  • Setup tools on test system to use new database
  • Verify everything works

Do the migration

  • Announce migration date
  • Freeze database
  • Import data
  • Change applications to use the databases
  • Test each application
  • Allow access from outside again
  • Announce migration finish


I'm reachable as telmich in #archlinux or the usual way.