User Guide: Unlocking ObjectsPhabricator User Documentation (Application User Guides)
Explains how to access locked or invisible objects and accounts.
Phabricator tries to make it difficult for users to lock themselves out of things, but you can occasionally end up in situations where no one has access to an object that you need access to.
For example, sometimes the only user who had edit permission for something has left the organization, or you configured a "Phase of the Moon" policy rule and the stars aren't currently aligned.
You can use various CLI tools to unlock objects and accounts if you need to regain access.
If you need to regain access to an object, the easiest approach is usually to recover access to the account which owns it, then change the object policies to be more open using the web UI.
For example, if an important task was accidentally locked so that only a user who is currently on vacation can edit it, you can log in as that user and change the edit policy to something more permissive.
To regain access to an account:
$ ./bin/auth recover <username>
If the account you're recovering access to has MFA or other session prompts, use the --force-full-session to bypass them:
$ ./bin/auth recover <username> --force-full-session
In either case, the command will give you a link you a one-time link you can use to access the account from the web UI. From there, you can open up objects or change settings.
You can completely strip MFA from a user account with:
$ ./bin/auth strip --user <username> ...
For detailed help on managing and stripping MFA, see the instructions in User Guide: Multi-Factor Authentication
If you aren't sure who owns an object, you can inspect the policies from the CLI:
$ ./bin/policy show <object>
To identify the object you want to examine, you can specify an object name (like T123) or a PHID as the <object> parameter.
If examining the policy isn't helpful, or no user account has access to an object, you can then directly change object policies from the CLI:
$ ./bin/policy unlock <object> [--view ...] [--edit ...] [--owner ...]
Use the --view and --edit flags (and, for some objects, the --owner flag) to specify new policies for the object.
For example, to make task T123 editable by user @alice, run:
$ ./bin/policy unlock T123 --edit alice
Not every object has mutable view and edit policies, and not every object has an owner, so each flag only works on some types of objects.
From here, you can log in to the web UI and change the relevant policies to whatever you want to set them to.
If you accidentally disabled all administrator accounts, you can enable a disabled account from the CLI like this:
$ ./bin/user enable --user <username>
From here, recover the account or log in normally.
If you accidentally deleted all the administrator accounts, you can empower a user as an administrator from the CLI like this:
$ ./bin/user empower --user <username>
This will upgrade the user account from a regular account to an administrator account.