21.1 Best practices

When using the BETY database in non testing mode, it is best not to use the default users. This is accomplished when running the initialize of the database. When the database is initally created the database will be created with some default users (best known is the carya user) as well as the guestuser that can be used in the BETY web application. To disable these users you will either need to disable the users from the web interface, or you can reinitialize the database and remove the -u flag from the command line (the -u flag will create the default users). To disable the guestuser as well you can remove the -g flag from the command line, or disable the account from BETY.

The default installation of BETY and PEcAn will assume there is a database called bety with a default username and password. The default installation will setup the database account to not have any superuser abilities. It is also best to limit access to the postgres database from trusted hosts, either by using firewalls, or configuring postgresql to only accept connections from a limited set of hosts.