Can bzr remember ftp-passwords?

John Arbash Meinel john at
Tue Apr 10 15:23:06 BST 2007

Martin Pool wrote:
> On 4/7/07, Chris Niekel <chris at> wrote:
>> On Thu, Apr 05, 2007 at 06:02:45AM +1000, Martin Pool wrote:
>> > I don't think there is a way to do it at present.  There is Python
>> > support for a netrc file, so we could use that to get it pretty
>> > easily, I would think.
>> It was indeed very easy. The hardest part was figuring out how to use
>> bzr,
>> because I'm not used to it yet. Here's my patch, hopefully someone can
>> integrate it.
> Thanks Chris,
> Could you please try to write a test for it too to make sure it
> doesn't regress?  In tests that subclass TestCaseInTempDir we set
> $HOME to a temporary directory.  We also have the capability to run up
> an ftp server in testing, which is done in the code at the bottom of
> transport/  I think you'll need to add a new
> blackbox/, create a netrc file, run the server, then try to
> connect.

It would be good to have a few test cases.

Also, if I read it closely, it seems you have to supply a username (and
then it matches based on username).

It might be nice to look up by host, and if there is only one username +
password, to just use it. That allows different people to use
"ftp://foo/bar" and have it Just Work, just like sftp urls.

I would even consider adding netrc processing for http urls.

I know at one point we added a spec for using "~/.authinfo":

I'm curious how '.authinfo' compares with .netrc. Does anyone know?

(If we decide to go this route, we could just say call the spec
implemented, using netrc instead of authinfo)


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