As usual I have searched the WWW but I obviously don't how to use Google because I couldn't find an answer. My situation is this:

  • We have an internal wiki knowledge base using MediaWiki version 1.14.
  • Some articles are available for public, some are restricted to staff and different localgroups.
  • When users click on the 'Login' link, we want the system to automatically prompt them for their username/password. (Kerberos authenticated, as opposed to NTLM authenticated).
  • Note: This article is displaying how to change the link and not how to setup these authentication methods.


Open your skin file /skins/.php. Look for and change the following lines:
	<div class="portlet" id="p-personal">
		<h5><?php $this->msg('personaltools') ?></h5>
		<div class="pBody">
			<ul>
<?php 			foreach($this->data['personal_urls'] as $key => $item) { ?>
				<li id="<?php echo Sanitizer::escapeId( "pt-$key" ) ?>"<?php
					if ($item['active']) { ?> class="active"<?php } ?>><a href="/<?php
				echo htmlspecialchars($item['href']) ?>"<?php echo $skin->tooltipAndAccesskey('pt-'.$key) ?><?php
				if(!empty($item['class'])) { ?> class="<?php
				echo htmlspecialchars($item['class']) ?>"<?php } ?>><?php
				echo htmlspecialchars($item['text']) ?></a></li>
<?php			} ?>
			</ul>
		</div>
	</div>
To
	<div class="portlet" id="p-personal">
		<h5><?php $this->msg('personaltools') ?></h5>
		<div class="pBody">
			<ul>
<?php			foreach($this->data['personal_urls'] as $key => $item) { ?>
					if (($key!="login")&&($key!="logout")&&($key!="anonlogin")) {
						<li id="<?php echo Sanitizer::escapeId( "pt-$key" ) ?>"<?php
						if ($item['active']) { ?> class="active"<?php } ?>><a href="/<?php
						echo htmlspecialchars($item['href']) ?>"<?php echo $skin->tooltipAndAccesskey('pt-'.$key) ?><?php
						if(!empty($item['class'])) { ?> class="<?php
							echo htmlspecialchars($item['class']) ?>"<?php } ?>><?php
						echo htmlspecialchars($item['text']) ?></a></li>
<?php				}
				} 
				if($this->data['loggedin']==1) {
					echo '<li id="pt-logout"><a href="/index.php?title=Special:Userlogout&returnto=Special:MainPage" title="Log Out">Log out</a></li>';
				} else {
					echo '<li id="pt-login"><a href="/wiki/Special:UserLogin?returnto='.trim($_GET['title']).'" title="You are encouraged to log in; however, it is not mandatory [alt-o]" accesskey="o">Log in</a></li>';
				} ?>
			</ul>
		</div>
	</div>
What does this do?
  • Excludes displaying system login, anonymous login or logout links in personal toolbar
  • Add a list item linking to your own login page (in this example the default one as ours is Kerberos_Login) with login or logout link.

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