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From: "brian m. carlson" <>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 3/3] Allow empty user name in HTTP authentication
Date: Fri, 13 May 2022 23:51:38 +0000	[thread overview]
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On 2022-05-13 at 07:04:16, wrote:
> From: Simon Richter <>
> When using a Personal Access Token in Microsoft DevOps server, the username
> can be empty, so users might expect that pressing return on an username
> prompt will work.

I don't think this is a good idea.  libcurl relies on CURLOPT_USERPWD
being set to enable authentication, and before the appearance of
http.emptyAuth, it was extremely common for Kerberos users to specify an
empty username to get Git to authenticate properly.  I probably still
have some repositories on my system configured that way.

I believe GitHub can also accept an empty username with a PAT, but it
can also accept a dummy (e.g., "token"), which I would hope Azure DevOps
can do as well.  In such a case, the documentation for Azure DevOps
should just be updated to tell people to specify something like "token"
or their username.
brian m. carlson (he/him or they/them)
Toronto, Ontario, CA

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      reply	other threads:[~2022-05-14  1:52 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 7+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-05-13  7:04 [PATCH 0/3] Allow configuration of HTTP authentication method Simon.Richter
2022-05-13  7:04 ` [PATCH 1/3] Rename proxy_authmethods -> authmethods Simon.Richter
2022-05-13 19:50   ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-13  7:04 ` [PATCH 2/3] Add config option/env var to limit HTTP auth methods Simon.Richter
2022-05-13 20:26   ` Junio C Hamano
2022-05-13  7:04 ` [RFC PATCH 3/3] Allow empty user name in HTTP authentication Simon.Richter
2022-05-13 23:51   ` brian m. carlson [this message]

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