Disabling the sign up form

You can disable the sign up form in Portus’ configuration as explained here. Since anonymous users will no longer be able to access the signup form, then it will be up to administrators of the Portus instance to sign up new users into the system. An admin user can do this in two ways: through a form provided in the admin section, or with a simple rake task.

The form on the admin section

Just access the admin section and click on the Users container. By doing so, you will access to the users section, and it should be similar to this:


As you can see in the image above, in the top right corner of the users list there is a link for creating a new user. Click it and you will access the following form:

Create user

The rake task

If you have access to the server directly, you can call the following rake task:

$ rake portus:create_user[username,email@example.com,password,false]

If you have installed Portus from the RPM, you can also use portusctl for that:

$ portusctl rake portus:create_user[username,email@example.com,password,false]

Note that if you have installed Portus from the RPMs, it’s better to use portusctl, since it will always pick the right gems.

The password for created users

Portus is flexible enough so you don’t have to overcomplicate the process of creating new users. In this case, you can setup whatever password you wish for the created users, and then tell said users to immediately change their passwords by accessing their profile pages.