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Re: Why is my svn+ssh:// access asking 4 passwd twice?

From: Scott Goodwin <scott_at_scottg.net>
Date: 2005-04-12 04:10:22 CEST

Sounds to me like subversion has to make multiple connections to
perform some operations, each of which is a separate repository access,
and therefore each requiring an ssh connection, hence typing in the
password multiple times. It does that whenever I diff a local file
against the repository, multiple times. To make it go away, use
ssh-agent as mentioned before, or generate an ssh public/private
keypair and use it to authenticate. I don't have any experience with
TortoiseSVN, but it sounds like it may be caching the password for you
and using it on each repository access behind the scenes. Really, it
isn't subversion doing this.


On Apr 11, 2005, at 9:48 PM, Matthew England wrote:

> At 4/11/2005 08:32 PM, Andrew Thompson wrote:
>> http://svnbook.red-bean.com/en/1.1/ch06s03.html#svn-ch-6-sect-3.4
> Yes, but that does not explain why formerly (on the same system with
> the same software but with a different repository) when I did complete
> 'svn co svn+ssh://' procedures why said procedure only asked for my
> password *once* during said procedure...and now on a diff repository
> it's asking for my password *twice* in the same 'svn co' get.
> No, I believe that this difference (one repo asks for the password,
> the other asks for the same password twice) significies some
> difference/problem with the repo that asks for the password twice. I
> just don't know what that problem is (presuming the repo does control
> the different); any suggestions? Do I need to form a repo in a
> certain fashion? Other issues?
> Additionally, when I'm using my Tortoise flavor of my client (although
> I more often use the cmdline on both cygwin and Linux), I see that
> after I use the first password that the ".svn" subdir appears and is
> accessible on my local system (when I started with a blank "checkout"
> local dir); the local file system does not change so long as I do not
> issue my password the 2nd time (when Tortoise asks for it, per the ssh
> "relogin" for the same checkout operation).
> Thus this further supports my above theory, imho.
> Further, when the book quotes:
>> If you want to prevent ssh from repeatedly asking for your password
>> [...]
> ... I suspect the "repeatedly" means "repeatedly, once for each
> svn-cleitn access operation" not "repeatedly during the same
> svn-client access." Am I wrong?
> -Matt
> At 4/11/2005 08:32 PM, Andrew Thompson wrote:
>> Matthew England wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> (I figure this is a total newbie question from an ignorant
>>> user/admin, but I couldn't find it in the FAQ--yet--so I thought I'd
>>> ask it here...)
>>> Why is my "svn co svn+ssh://..." access asking for my ssh passwd
>>> twice (even when I do not mistype my password)?
>>> It seems that on the first password pass it creates a ".svn"
>>> subdirectory first and then asks for the password again to get the
>>> rest of the files.
>>> Any idea what's going on here?
>> http://svnbook.red-bean.com/en/1.1/ch06s03.html#svn-ch-6-sect-3.4
>> Last paragraph:
>> "A final note: when using svn+ssh:// URLs to access a repository,
>> remember that it's the ssh program prompting you for authentication,
>> and not the svn program. That means there's no automatic password
>> caching going on (see the section called "Client Credentials
>> Caching"). If you want to prevent ssh from repeatedly asking for your
>> password, you'll need to use a separate memory-caching tool like
>> ssh-agent on a Unix-like system, or pageant on Windows."
>> --
>> Andrew Thompson
>> http://aktzero.com/
>> Interested in a hosted SVN repository? Email me, let's talk...
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