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authorJeff King <>2011-12-10 10:34:44 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2011-12-13 00:09:38 (GMT)
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credentials: add "store" helper
This is like "cache", except that we actually put the credentials on disk. This can be terribly insecure, of course, but we do what we can to protect them by filesystem permissions, and we warn the user in the documentation. This is not unlike using .netrc to store entries, but it's a little more user-friendly. Instead of putting credentials in place ahead of time, we transparently store them after prompting the user for them once. Signed-off-by: Jeff King <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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+git-credential-store - helper to store credentials on disk
+git config credential.helper 'store [options]'
+NOTE: Using this helper will store your passwords unencrypted on disk,
+protected only by filesystem permissions. If this is not an acceptable
+security tradeoff, try linkgit:git-credential-cache[1], or find a helper
+that integrates with secure storage provided by your operating system.
+This command stores credentials indefinitely on disk for use by future
+git programs.
+You probably don't want to invoke this command directly; it is meant to
+be used as a credential helper by other parts of git. See
+linkgit:gitcredentials[7] or `EXAMPLES` below.
+ Use `<path>` to store credentials. The file will have its
+ filesystem permissions set to prevent other users on the system
+ from reading it, but will not be encrypted or otherwise
+ protected. Defaults to `~/.git-credentials`.
+The point of this helper is to reduce the number of times you must type
+your username or password. For example:
+$ git config credential.helper store
+$ git push
+Username: <type your username>
+Password: <type your password>
+[several days later]
+$ git push
+[your credentials are used automatically]
+The `.git-credentials` file is stored in plaintext. Each credential is
+stored on its own line as a URL like:
+When git needs authentication for a particular URL context,
+credential-store will consider that context a pattern to match against
+each entry in the credentials file. If the protocol, hostname, and
+username (if we already have one) match, then the password is returned
+to git. See the discussion of configuration in linkgit:gitcredentials[7]
+for more information.
+Part of the linkgit:git[1] suite