[development] temporary access module

Alan Dixon alan.g.dixon at gmail.com
Thu Mar 22 16:53:02 UTC 2007

Thanks to all your replies to this, as well as my other one about
node_access. This module is now my first drupal contrib module, at

 - Alan

On 2/16/07, Alan Dixon <alan.g.dixon at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi drupalites:
> I've been working on a little module i'm calling 'peek' and just
> wanted to check in on duplication of efforts, existing wisdom, etc.
> The client wants to be able to create a page, and then fire off a
> bunch of emails to people who may or may not have accounts, allowing
> them to access the page temporarily.
> So an administrator needs to be able to generate a semi-secret url
> (like the ones generated by the user module) that would give someone
> temporary access to a single node page.
> After struggling with the node_access stuff for a while, i realised
> that i probably want to sidestep the usual permissions by providing
> access to the node page via a callback anyway.
> So the url i'm generating looks like '/peek/<uid>/<timestamp>/<hd5 hash>'
> and my peek table keeps track of things like the corresponding nid,
> when it was generated, how long it's valid for, when it was first
> accessed, and how long it remains valid after first access. I've also
> got a helper function to generate new users for email address that
> don't already have a user. When the link is generated, the user gets
> authenticated to this uid. That way all subsequent activity is
> connected to their userid for tracking purposes.
> Thoughts anyone?
> --
> Alan Dixon, Web Developer
> http://alan.g.dixon.googlepages.com/

Alan Dixon, Web Developer

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