Well, after untold hours of research, I've resolved this one. The results may be significant to some who actually want to use DocuWiki.
First, the installation of DocuWiki that you get from the Bitnami installer is not usable. You can't add a user, change a user's permissions, install plugins/extensions, or do anything else absolutely vital to making use of DokuWiki. This is because you have no access to the User or the Extension Manager. (Nor actually to the Configuration Manager) Without these, there's not much you can do. You can see that all three of these plugins are installed by looking at the
/apps/dokuwiki/htdocs/lib/plugins directory, but you don't have access to any of them. You have to be a superuser to have access to them. So how do you get there from here? First, let's see where we're going. Take a look at the Administration panel that you have after the Bitnami installation. That's not where we need to be. This is what we want it to look like:
Note the wealth of additional items on tis Admin panel, User Manager, Extension Manager, Configuration Settings, and so on. That's what you need to actually make use of DokuWiki, and you must be a superuser to have these available. So how to create a superuser?
First, you'll need to create a user for yourself because the user that the Bitnami installer leaves with you is powerless. But if you simply register on the Start page for DocuWiki, it will send you a confirmation email which if you're working with a localhost like most people, you'll never get because Bitnami's WAMP server does even include sendmail or any email setup. That's beyond the scope of this issue, but I do suggest when setting it up that you use mailtrap.io, which has an excellent free version and a wealth of built-in guidance on how to set it up. Don't use gmail! Google has been very clear that they don't like or support the use of gmail for this purpose. Frequently, Google makes changes to Gmail that break its use as a mail server and put you on a path of researching anew how to set it up and get it to working.
Once you've created and confirmed your user, you still have to make that user a superuser. The first place I looked was
/aps/dokuwiki/htdocs/conf/dokuwiki.php. (Please note that this is different from anything in
/apps/dokuwiki/conf. This stuff just gets your browser to the website. It has nothing to do with how DocuWiki actually works,) Anyway, back to
dokuwiki.php. I made these changes to that file:
Note that my new user was
Larry. Unfortunately, that didn't work. No change to the Admin panel. A bit more prospecting on Google, and I was led to the
local.php file. I made these changes in that file:
Eureke!!! Saved this file and went back to my Admin panel, and there was the Admin panel that you see at the beginning of this posting.
Here's my beef. Bitnami could have created an installer that would have a built-in superuser from the get-go. It would have been no more difficult that creating the completely worthless user that their installer creates. (Believe me, their ResourceSpace installation is even worse. You will end up deleting it and installing ResourceSpace using their installer.) Even failing the creating of a superuser in DocuWiki as part of the installer, it would have been very simple to provide the kind of step-by-step instructions that I've done in this posting. Instead, you're left to do that research yourself with Bitnami just being an encumbrance. This is what you get from people who:
Know nothing about the packages that they are building as installers, and
Do no actual use testing after creating an installer (but of course, you'd have to understand the package in order to do that.
I just keep remembering that I almost bought one of the paid Bitnami support packages. I am so glad that I never made that mistake.