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When a user registers an account for the purpose of subscribing to change notices, submitting content, or the like, DSpace creates an EPerson record in the database.  Administrators can manipulate these records in several ways.

Please note that when a user has submitted content, his EPerson record cannot be deleted because there are references to it from the submitted item(s).  If it is necessary to prevent further use of such an account, it can be marked "cannot log in".

From the browser:  XMLUI


From the browser:  JSPUI


From the command line

The dspace user command adds, lists, modifies, and deletes EPerson records.

To create a new user account:

[dspace]/bin/dspace user --add --email -g John -s User --password hiddensecret
[dspace]/bin/dspace user --add --netid jquser --telephone 555-555-1234 --password hiddensecret

One of the options --email or --netid is required to name the record.  The complete options are:

-m--emailemail address
-n--netid"netid" (a username in an external system such as a directory – see Authentication Methods for details)
-p--passworda password for the account.  Required.
-g--givennameFirst or given name

Last or surname

-t--telephoneTelephone number
-l--languagePreferred language
-c--requireCertificateCertificate required?  See X.509 Authentication for details.

To list accounts:

[dspace]/bin/dspace user --list

This simply lists some characteristics of each EPerson.


To modify an account:

[dspace]/bin/dspace user --modify -m
-m--emailidentify the account by email address
-n--netididentify the account by netid
-g--givennameFirst or given name
-s--surnameLast or surname
-t--telephonetelephone number
-l--languagepreferred language
-c--requireCertificatecertificate required?
-C--canLogInis the account enabled or disabled?
-i--newEmailset or change email address
-I--newNetidset or change netid


To delete an account:

[dspace]/bin/dspace user --delete -n martha
-m--emailidentify the account by email address
-n--netididentify the account by netid
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