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RE: What is the easiest way to "preauthenticate" users?

From: Doyle, Patrick <WPD_at_dtccom.com>
Date: 2005-11-01 17:29:26 CET

> >>I would like to figure out the easiest way for users to authenticate
> >>themselves with my Subversion server the first time
> >>(recognizing that, subsequent to that first time, the authentication
> >>data will have been cached).
> >

> So, you want to have your user never to be asked about
> username/password?
I don't mind being asked once -- what I am looking for is something similar
in concept to the the "cvs login" command of the olden days.

> In other words, you want their credentials cached?

> What protocol are you using? (HTTP/svn/svn+ssh)

> There is always a solution, but it is protocol dependent. And
> probably (client) OS dependent.
> What OS are your clients?
Windows, Linux

> We are talking about the built-in CLI, right? Actually it
> should not matter.
Yes, I am talking about the built-in CLI, and I agree, it shouldn't matter

> When asking on any ML, provide enough information about your
> environment.
I suppose I thought my question was of such a generic nature that the
environment didn't matter, but I'll fill in the blanks, just in case.

> 0. Environment description (OS, product version, ...)
Windows and Linux based environments, running Subversion release 1.2.3.

> 1. What you wanted to achieve?
Ultimately, what I would like to achieve is something similar to the "cvs
login" command to access a remote repository using the "svn" protocl,
recognizing and understanding that the Subversion notion of having the
server request credentials only when needed is substantially different than
the traditional CVS notion.

> 2. What you did?
What I've done is to modify a property on a directory and commit that change
in order to prompt the server to request credentials from me. I have my
environment set up so that those credentials are cached so that the next
time the server requires credentials, it obtains them silently from the

> 3. What happened?
The server prompted me for my password. I gave my password. The client
cached it. The next time the server needed a password, the client supplied
it from the cache without pestering me for it.

> 4. What was supposed to happen?
Exactly what I described.

I was just wondering if there were an easier mechanism than changing
something in the repository simply to force that first exchange of

It would appear that there is not.

Ryan Schmidt suggested that I could create the credendials file myself on
the client side without ever pestering the server. That's a clever idea,
and I doubt I would have come up with it myself. That's why I asked the
question of the list.

> Kalin.


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