On Sat, May 10, 2014 at 10:41:28AM +0200, Chris “Kwpolska” Warrick wrote:
> when I’m using the HTTPS protocol to access repositories, a window
> from /usr/bin/qt4-ssh-askpass comes up. It asks for my “SSH pass
> phrase”, twice. Sadly, it’s wrong. The actual things it wants is the
> username in the first case, and the password used to access the remote
> repository (eg. my GitHub password) in the second question. This is a
> bug, and very misleading behavior.
If you have GIT_ASKPASS or SSH_ASKPASS set and git needs to prompt for a
username or password, it will call that program rather than prompting on
the terminal. It does pass a meaningful label to the askpass program,
but it sounds like your askpass program does not actually display it.
E.g., try setting GIT_TRACE=1. I get:
$ GIT_TRACE=1 SSH_ASKPASS=ssh-askpass-fullscreen git fetch
trace: built-in: git 'fetch'
trace: run_command: 'git-remote-https' 'origin' 'https://github.com/peff/test'
trace: run_command: 'ssh-askpass-fullscreen' 'Username for
trace: run_command: 'ssh-askpass-fullscreen' 'Password for
and the askpass program shows me those prompts. You may want to file a
bug report with qt4-ssh-askpass, as most other askpass programs
(including the original ssh-askpass that comes with ssh) respects the
That being said, we may be able to improve git, depending on what you
actually wanted to happen. For example, I don't think there is a way to
tell git "even though I have SSH_ASKPASS set, still prompt me on the
terminal". It's been generally assumed that you would only set that
variable if you preferred an external prompt to a terminal prompt.
You may also want to look into git's credential support (see "git help
credential"), which can let you store the username and password in
secure system-provided storage (however from the qt4 above, I guess you
might be using KDE, and I do not know of a KDE Wallet helper; there is
one for GNOME keyring).
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