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Old 09-20-2012, 01:41 PM   #1
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Question Restricting multiple username password prompts - Linux Mercurial Keyring extension


I'm working on in setting up Mercurial Version control DVCS tool on Linux machine. It's done. When I go to http://serverort/hg

the link is working and whatever repositories I have created are visible and working fine.

Now, as a developer, when I access Mercurial repositories for doing development, like do "hg clone (checkout), hg commit, hg push etc).. I get prompted every time to provide my Active Directory/LDAP credentials when I do such operations.

I found mercurial can be configured with a plugin called "mercurial_keyring" and then, it'll just prompt the user his/her username/password (Active Directory / LDAP) for the first time and until that session remains, user can do any Hg/Mercurial development operations.

Does anyone have any information what file/setting I should change to make this happen correctly. So far, I have configured it per the online "mercurial_keyring" installation procedures but with no luck.

Following is my Linux user's ~/.hgrc file:
username=c123456 <>

mercurial_keyring = /root/

#users = *
#groups = *

acl =
bugzilla =
children =
churn =
color =
convert =
eol = !
extdiff =
factotum = !
fetch =
gpg =
graphlog =
hgcia =
hgcr-gui-qt = !
hgk =
highlight =
interhg =
keyword =
largefiles = !
mercurial_keyring =
mq =
notify =
pager =
patchbomb =
perfarce = !
progress =
projrc = !
purge =
rebase =
record =
relink =
schemes =
.... ........etc


My local Linux folder "Giga" where I hg cloned a repository has the following hgrc file contents inside: ../../Giga/.hg/hgrc):


default =
myrepo =

myrepo.schemes = http https
myrepo.prefix =
myrepo.username = c123456

Any help.

Last edited by sangal_ak04; 09-20-2012 at 04:34 PM.
Old 01-10-2013, 08:02 PM   #2
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1. Follow this link:

It's not that clear, but here's the main point.

when the above link says... use myremote, that means, while doing hg clone http://..../../repo1 <aliasname>
the aliasname MUST be given so that it'll checkout/clone your repo1 as "aliasname" given. then, there are 2 choices,

either update your local (instead of actual repository's .hg/hgrc file, NOTE this is different file that ~/.hgrc) --- or just update ~/.hgrc with the following lines

myremote.schemes = http https
myremote.prefix = ServerName/hg
myremote.username = c149807

1. While running "hg clone http://ServerName/some/hg/path/repos/Repository123" you have to provide another parameter, <aliasname> for the cloned "Repository123" folder/repository i.e.

hg clone http://ServerName/some/hg/path/repos/Repository123 myremote

what the above command will do is.. it'll checkout/clone Repository123 as "myremote" on the folder location from where you ran the above command. NOBODY mentioned this in the MERCURIAL KEYRING documentation clearly.


change some file.
do: hg stat
do: hg commit -m "somecomments"
(if you dont do this and do hg out/push directly, you'll see an error "No changes found")
do: hg out
do: hg push

NOW, NO MORE Multiple prompts for user authentication by Mercurial LDAP authentication at the prompt or in TortoiseHg.

2. NOTE NOTE: Make sure whatever ServerName you use, either just
i.e. Server's IP, in the hg clone command, you have to make sure that the value you'll put in ~/.hgrc (home directory's .hgrc file, which is different than repository's local .hg/hgrc file)... should have the 2nd line (value for remote server) as the same value that you used during clone command 1st parameter (http://<servervalue>)

myremote.schemes = http https
myremote.prefix = ServerName/hg
myremote.username = c149807

myremote.schemes = http https
myremote.prefix =
myremote.username = c149807

myremote.schemes = http https
myremote.prefix =
myremote.username = c149807

myremote.schemes = http https
myremote.prefix = xx.xx.xx.xx/hg
myremote.username = c149807

otherwise, MERCURIAL KEYRING extension won't work.

easy peasy !!

Last edited by sangal_ak04; 01-10-2013 at 08:07 PM.
Old 01-16-2013, 11:43 AM   #4
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if prompted multiple times for user credentials in mercurial. Setup Mercurial_Keyring and then

this question comes which nobody explained in an easy way.

??? how to make the [auth] xx.prefix = servername/hg_or_something work for all repositories under servername/hg location either if I use servername, servername's IP or servername's FQDN ?

ANSWER: Arun • 2 minutes ago −

OK, I put this in ~/.hgrc (Linux/Unix -home directory's .hgrc hidden file) or Windows users %UserProfile%/mercurial.ini or %HOME%/mercurial.ini file.

default1.schemes = http https
default1.prefix = hg_merc_server/hg
default1.username = c123456

default2.schemes = http https
default2.prefix =
default2.username = c123456

default3.schemes = http https
default3.prefix =
default3.username = c123456

Now, I can checkout using either Server/IP/Server's FQDN.


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