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Re: SSH Credential Caching

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-08-10 03:25:37 CEST

On Mon, 2004-08-09 at 19:57, Preston Lee wrote:
> I'm new to SVN.. please excuse any n00bishness.
> I've set up an SVN repository and am using SVN+SSH rather than a single
> svnserve daemon or httpd mod. Whenever I perform client actions on a
> separate box (example: `svn list svn+ssh://server/path') I am prompted
> for a password and receive the expected response. However, the
> credentials I supply are not cached anywhere under ~/.subversion/auth/.
> I'm guessing this is because the svn binary is really only calling ssh
> as a child process, and ssh is what is prompting for the password, not
> the svn client. Is this correct? What is the "correct" way of caching
> credentials in such a scenario?

You are correct. And you're like the 10th person to ask this question
this week. Anyone wanna write a new patch for our FAQ? :-)

Subversion isn't doing any authentication at all, so there's no
~/.subversion/auth/ caching going on. The standard recommendation is to
use a tool like 'ssh-agent' on unix or 'pageant' on win32 to cache SSH
passwords in memory. (This is the same thing CVS users use when using

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