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From: Jeff King <>
To: Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget <>
	Johannes Schindelin <>,
	Nikita Leonov <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] credential.c: fix credential reading with regards to CR/LF
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 13:32:00 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Fri, Feb 14, 2020 at 01:49:56PM +0000, Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget wrote:

> From: Nikita Leonov <>
> This fix makes using Git credentials more friendly to Windows users. In
> previous version it was unable to finish input correctly without
> configuration changes (tested in PowerShell, CMD, Cygwin).
> We know credential filling should be finished by empty input, but the
> current implementation does not take into account CR/LF ending, and
> hence instead of the empty string we get '\r', which is interpreted as
> an incorrect string.
> So this commit changes default reading function to a more Windows
> compatible reading function.

This does make it impossible to have a CR at the end of a data value. I
think that should be OK (we already disallow LF with no mechanism for
quoting, because who the hell puts a LF in their password?).

But we should perhaps update the section in git-credential(1) that
describes the rules. I had trouble coming up with a wording that wasn't
totally awkward, though:

diff --git a/Documentation/git-credential.txt b/Documentation/git-credential.txt
index 6f0c7ca80f..09e4b58321 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-credential.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-credential.txt
@@ -112,7 +112,9 @@ specified by a key-value pair, separated by an `=` (equals) sign,
 followed by a newline. The key may contain any bytes except `=`,
 newline, or NUL. The value may contain any bytes except newline or NUL.
 In both cases, all bytes are treated as-is (i.e., there is no quoting,
-and one cannot transmit a value with newline or NUL in it). The list of
+and one cannot transmit a value with newline or NUL in it). Note that
+Git will treat a carriage return before the final newline as part of
+line ending, and not part of the data. The list of
 attributes is terminated by a blank line or end-of-file.
 Git understands the following attributes:

This is talking about the git-credential tool itself, but the actual
helper protocol documentation links to this. (As an aside, I notice that
the protocol documentation recently got moved into credential.h along
with the C API bits. Yuck. That probably should be in


  parent reply	other threads:[~2020-02-14 18:32 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 32+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-02-14 13:49 Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2020-02-14 17:55 ` Junio C Hamano
2020-02-14 18:32 ` Jeff King [this message]
2020-09-28 11:40 ` [PATCH v2 0/3] Prepare git credential to read input with DOS line endings Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2020-09-28 11:40   ` [PATCH v2 1/3] credential.c: fix credential reading with regards to CR/LF Nikita Leonov via GitGitGadget
2020-09-29  0:42     ` Jeff King
2020-10-02 11:37       ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-10-02 12:01         ` Jeff King
2020-10-02 12:27           ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-10-02 16:32         ` Junio C Hamano
2020-10-03 13:28           ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-09-28 11:40   ` [PATCH v2 2/3] credentials: make line reading Windows compatible Nikita Leonov via GitGitGadget
2020-09-28 20:58     ` Junio C Hamano
2020-09-29  0:35       ` Jeff King
2020-09-30 22:33         ` Junio C Hamano
2020-10-02  7:53           ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-09-28 23:26     ` Carlo Arenas
2020-09-28 23:41       ` Junio C Hamano
2020-09-29  0:30       ` Jeff King
2020-09-29  0:41         ` Junio C Hamano
2020-09-29  0:44           ` Jeff King
2020-09-29  0:54             ` Junio C Hamano
2020-09-29  3:00               ` Jeff King
2020-09-30 22:25                 ` Junio C Hamano
2020-09-30 22:39                   ` Jeff King
2020-09-30 22:56                     ` Junio C Hamano
2020-10-01 13:54                       ` Jeff King
2020-10-01 15:42                         ` Junio C Hamano
2020-10-02  8:07                           ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-09-28 11:40   ` [PATCH v2 3/3] docs: make notes regarding credential line reading Nikita Leonov via GitGitGadget
2020-09-28 20:31   ` [PATCH v2 0/3] Prepare git credential to read input with DOS line endings Junio C Hamano
2020-10-03 13:29   ` [PATCH v3] credential: treat CR/LF as line endings in the credential protocol Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget

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