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Re: GIT/SSH_ASKPASS used for username input in https:// URLs

On Mon, May 06, 2019 at 03:47:18PM +0200, Andreas Krey wrote:

> there is an interesting wart around prompt.c -
> PROMPT_ECHO isn't used in invoking an external helper program.
> Thus, if I clone something on https (which requires auth for that),
> and have SSH_ASKPASS set, I will get two GUI *password* prompts,
> even though the first one will indicate in the title that it *is*
> asking for the username.
> But basically, given the trivial protocol of SSH_ASKPASS, there
> doesn't seem to be any way to properly fix this without support
> from any desktop environment that sets SSH_ASKPASS. :-(

Yep. If you haven't seen it, there's more discussion in this recent


> The best I can currently tell my users is to use the
>    [credentials "https:/..."]
> configuration to fix the username.

Yes, that works. Or a credential helper could prompt with a better
interface (but AFAIK, the only one written that does so is the Windows

> But if we can't fix this, maybe we can at least point this out in the
> docs?

Sounds like a good suggestion. Where would you look for it? In the
description of GIT_ASKPASS / core.askpass?