Newbee question

Alan DeKok aland at
Tue Jun 29 08:09:28 CEST 2010

Maria Sanchez wrote:
>  I am getting familiar with FreeRadius since it is being proposed in the
> designs as our Authentication/Authorization server. I have successfully
> installed and started the server and I have done some calls using the
> radtest client script. I am currently only using the users file to
> create new users since my goal at this time is validating concepts…. I
> am currently trying to assign a Role to one of my users and get that
> value returned to the client. I am still using the radtest client.

  What do you mean by "role" ?

  Is this role for use by a real client, i.e. *not* radclient?

  If so, see the client documentation for what attribute to send.

> The only information I found related to configuring roles indicated that
> I had to enter a new attribute in the dictionary file, add the attribute
> in the users file with the value I needed and add the dictionary file as
> a parameter to the radtest (-d directory) to be able to see the
> attribute in the returned message… Well this is not working as
> described… Any idea or reference document I can use to have this
> configured?

  The dictionary file has a "man" page.  The comments at the top of the
dictionary file describe the format, too.

  In general, you need to edit the dictionaries *only* if you're writing
your own RADIUS client (i.e. NAS).  Otherwise, don't touch them.

  Alan DeKok.

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