ATLAS Old + New VOMS Workaround Page
The ATLAS VO membership is currently spread accross two disjoint systems. The old system, which began with an LDAP directory at grid-vo.nikhef.nl also includes the VOMS servers at voms.cern.ch and vo.racf.bnl.gov. These two VOMS servers are automatically syncronized with the old LDAP database periodically. The new system consists of a VOMS server and a VOMRS (VOMS management system) at lcg-voms.cern.ch. Only the new system is being updated as new members register.
The ATLAS VO managers do not want to automatically import all the old members from the old system for a very good reason: the data is very "dirty". There are invalid names, names without grid certficate DNs, and entries missing an e-mail address. There are certainly people in there who are no longer affiliated with ATLAS. The other reason is that the LCG software stack client tools allow multiple sources to be queried for a given VO, and they have configured their systems to do this.
We (USATLAS) cannot simply switch over to the new system, becuase there are hundreds of people who are not yet registered with the new system.
The long-term solution to this problem is for ALL ATLAS VO members to (re)register to the new VOMRS system and for this to become the definitive, canonical list of ATLAS VO members.
(Re)register at https://lcg-voms.cern.ch:8443/vo/atlas/vomrs
Until we can switch entirely to the new system, sites that want to suppport ATLAS will need to add entries and make configuration changes to their gums.config file inside of the GUMS installation. The principal behind these changes is to create groupMapping entries for both OLD and NEW atlas VOMS servers (vo.racf.bnl.gov and lcg-voms.cern.ch) and have old and new both map to the same
local UNIX user and group. Then, in the hostGroup section of the gums.config, one puts entries referring to both new and old groupMappings, in that order. Done this way, for any given certificate, it will match the first valid entry and perform the correct mapping.
Below are templates for gums.config that contain the relevant entries:
If you need help with these templates, or need to implement a more complex site-specific scheme, please e-mail me at
- 03 May 2006
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