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Re: Force Subversion to grab information from Mac OS X keychain

From: Hyrum K Wright <hyrum_at_hyrumwright.org>
Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2011 19:27:26 -0600

Your question is about the usage of Subversion, not it's development.
Hence, users_at_subversion.apache.org is the appropriate forum for your


On Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 2:43 PM, Kevin Lindeman <lindeman_at_uw.edu> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am running Subversion on Mac OS X. I noticed that once I login correctly
> for an https subversion URL, it will create a file in ~/.subversion/auth/
> that seems to point Subversion to where it stores the authentication - in
> this case, it has the realmstring, username, "passtype", which is set to
> keychain. That makes it know that it should be using the keychain from then
> on to remember the password.
> I am trying to automate some subversion processes, so I launch subversion,
> give it arguments arguments, and even set some environment variables (such
> as SVN_SSH, which allows me to tell SVN how to launch ssh, ie: with a
> special username).
> Unfortunately, my automation has no way to intercept the password prompt for
> an http url. I can intercept the SSH login prompt for svn+ssh by setting the
> SSH_ASKPASS environment variable. I already have been automating the process
> of adding the password to the keychain (using the realmstring format, so svn
> can find it once it knows to find it in the keychain).
> But it looks like I am missing that critical file in ~/.subversion/auth/
> that has the "passtype" set to keychain. Is there a way I can force SVN to
> always use that as the passtype, either with an argument or an environment
> variable?
> If not, is it possible to force the creation of that file with some magic
> SVN command? I thought of just running an svn info with my login info as
> arguments since I noticed that file is created on a successful login, but
> unfortunately many servers don't request authorization for info requests so
> that doesn't work.
> I don't think I will be able to solve this by using a setting in the
> subversion config file.
> Thanks,
> - Kevin
Received on 2011-01-09 02:28:06 CET

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