[Bug 195] New: [PATCH] Password caching in OS X (and Windows)

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Fri Dec 16 15:47:44 CST 2005


           Summary: [PATCH] Password caching in OS X (and Windows)
           Product: svnbook
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: book
        AssignedTo: svnbook-dev at red-bean.com
        ReportedBy: cmpilato at red-bean.com

This from Jack Repenning <jrepenning at collab.net>:

Recent work on svn's trunk/ has added a new feature on Mac OS X,  caching
passwords in the system keyring instead of on-disk.  The  book, of course, ought
to mention this; here's a suggested patch.   (Caveat reviewer: this is my Very
First Experience with docbook, and  I haven't built the book to see the effect;
still, there were ample  near-by patterns to follow.)

While I was about that, i believe I've discovered a bug in the  description of
the analogous feature in Windows.  I'm not sure what  the wording _should_ say,
but I'm pretty darned sure that what it  presently says does not match my

It says:

> (Note: if the the user's Windows account
>             password is changed, all of the cached passwords become
>             undecipherable.  The Subversion client will behave as if
>             they don't exist, prompting for passwords when
>             required.)

I'm no Windows expert, but this does not seem to agree with my own  experiments.
 Here's what I did:

 - TortoiseSVN 1.2.1 / SVN 1.2.1 (for all svn operations)
 - Windows XP Pro SP2

1. I checked out a directory (using an https:// URL, into a secured  repository
... actually, a CollabNet site)
2. I confirmed that the password was stored encrypted in C:\Documents  and
Files\me\Application Data\Subversion\auth
3. I changed my Windows password, using the "Users" Control Panel
4. I "svn up"ed the directory ... no password prompt
5. I rebooted
6. I updated the directory again ... no password prompt
7. I checked out another directory from the same server/realm ... no  password

Index: svnbook/src/en/book/ch06.xml
--- svnbook/src/en/book/ch06.xml	(revision 1885)
+++ svnbook/src/en/book/ch06.xml	(working copy)
@@ -259,6 +259,18 @@
+	<listitem>
+	  <para>On MacOS X, the password is stored in the login
+	    keyring, and managed in the same way as other
+	    passwords (such as web-site passwords used by
+	    Safari).  The user (the same one who originally
+	    entered the password) must at least be logged in;
+	    user preference settings can impose such additional
+	    policies as requiring that the user's password (into
+	  the system) be supplied each time the SVN password is
+	    used.</para>
+	</listitem>
           <para>For the truly paranoid willing to sacrifice all
             convenience, it's possible to disable credential caching

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