There are three types of
operator users, and
service users. A
standard user is a traditional
Helix server, an
operator user is intended for human or automated system
administrators, and a
service user is used for
server-to-server authentication, as part of the replication process.
Service users are useful for remote depots in single-server environments, but are required for multi-server and distributed environments.
service user for each master, replica, or proxy
server that you control. Doing so greatly simplifies the task of
interpreting your server logs. Service users can also help you improve
security, by requiring that your edge servers and other replicas have
valid login tickets before they can communicate with the master or commit
server. Service users do not consume
Read the "Service users" topic in Helix Core Server Administrator Guide: Fundamentals.
A newly-created service user that is not a member of any groups is
subject to the default ticket timeout of 12 hours. To avoid issues that
arise when a service user’s ticket ceases to be valid, create a group for
your service users that features an extremely long timeout, or to
unlimited. On the master server, issue the following
p4 group service_users
service1 to the list of
Users: in the
group, and set the
PasswordTimeout: values to a large value or to
Group: service_users Timeout: unlimited PasswordTimeout: unlimited Subgroups: Owners: Users: service1
Service users must have a ticket created with the
login for replication to work.
On the master server, use
p4 protect to grant the
super permission. Service users are tightly
restricted in the commands they can run, so granting them
super permission is safe.