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git-credential-cache(1) Manual Page
git-credential-cache - Helper to temporarily store passwords in memory
git config credential.helper 'cache [options]'
This command caches credentials in memory for use by future Git programs. The stored credentials never touch the disk, and are forgotten after a configurable timeout. The cache is accessible over a Unix domain socket, restricted to the current user by filesystem permissions.
You probably don't want to invoke this command directly; it is meant to be used as a credential helper by other parts of Git. See gitcredentials(7) or EXAMPLES below.
- --timeout <seconds>
Number of seconds to cache credentials (default: 900).
- --socket <path>
Use <path> to contact a running cache daemon (or start a new cache daemon if one is not started). Defaults to ~/.git-credential-cache/socket. If your home directory is on a network-mounted filesystem, you may need to change this to a local filesystem.
CONTROLLING THE DAEMON
If you would like the daemon to exit early, forgetting all cached credentials before their timeout, you can issue an exit action:
git credential-cache exit
The point of this helper is to reduce the number of times you must type your username or password. For example:
$ git config credential.helper cache $ git push http://example.com/repo.git Username: <type your username> Password: <type your password> [work for 5 more minutes] $ git push http://example.com/repo.git [your credentials are used automatically]
You can provide options via the credential.helper configuration variable (this example drops the cache time to 5 minutes):
$ git config credential.helper 'cache --timeout=300'
Part of the git(1) suite