Sunday, November 30, 2014

Subversion: Recovering Password from Local Cache

Subversion: Recovering Password from Local Cache

If you've forgotten your Subversion password, you should be able to retrieve it from another machine where you've succesfully made a commit before.

If you look in the local cache for your server's authentication type, you should see a series a files with hexadecimal names.

For example, for a server using simple or basic authentication:

  $ ls ~/.subversion/auth/svn.simple
  2af94d688c4073220b0a6af1b5884861  887652dff29c33e3f09394ea7379fac9

If you then look in one of the file, you should see your password:

  $ cat ~/.subversion/auth/svn.simple/2af94d688c4073220b0a6af1b5884861 | grep -A 2 password
    V 9

The above commands and locations are for a Linux box, but something similar should work on other OSes.

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