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Old 11-20-2009, 10:51 AM   #1
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non-X11 password memory cache for subversion?

At our work, we use subversion hosted on a Windows server. The access method is webdav (https://) and we use the windows domain user authentication mechanism to authenticate access to the subversion repositories.

We have some Linux computers on which we use subversion clients. These computers are not graphical log-in computers at which the users sit--rather they are typically accessed from Windows desktop computers using putty. The subversion client, therefore, is always a command-line.

For obvious reasons, we don't want the users storing the passwords in plaintext (these are, after all, their main domain login passwords for the entire system); but it becomes tedious to type in the password every time one runs a subversion command.

The only password cache mechanisms for which I've been able to find evidence of support are the graphical ones (gnome-keyring and kwallet). Are there any non-graphical password cache daemons that the subversion client can be made to work with, something similar to the pinentry package that gnupg uses?

Thanks in advance for any help!

Old 11-20-2009, 11:55 AM   #2
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After some more reading, I see that I misunderstood the relationship between pinentry and gpg. It appears that gpg-agent is actually the memory cache daemon, and it invokes pinetry, when needed, to obtain a passphrase.

So, the analogous program that I'm looking for for subversion is gpg-agent, not pinetry.

Still, the problem is the same (and unsolved).


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