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This command caches credentials for use by future Git programs. The stored credentials are kept in memory of the cache-daemon process (instead of written to a file) and are forgotten after a configurable timeout. Credentials are forgotten sooner if the cache-daemon dies, for example if the system restarts. 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
- --timeout <seconds>
Number of seconds to cache credentials (default: 900).
- --socket <path>
<path>to contact a running cache daemon (or start a new cache daemon if one is not started). Defaults to
~/.git-credential-cache/exists in which case
~/.git-credential-cache/socketis used instead. If your home directory is on a network-mounted filesystem, you may need to change this to a local filesystem. You must specify an absolute path.
If you would like the daemon to exit early, forgetting all cached
credentials before their timeout, you can issue an
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 increases the cache time to 1 hour):
$ git config credential.helper 'cache --timeout=3600'
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