I am teaching collaboration with git and using Rstudio to do it.
Students create a GitHub account and generate a PAT (special purpose password required by GitHub). When they do the first thing that needs authentication (usually a
git push) Rstudio helpfully pops up a Username/Password window.
If I understand correctly, the user/pass combo is stored somehow. Does anyone know how how the git user/pass is stored?
In particular, the Rstudio server we are using seems to need to ask for the user/pass quite frequently. Not every time, but somewhat randomly. Seems more frequent for some than others?
Are there server (or git) configuration variables that are relevant here? Is this governed by
git config credential.helper 'cache --timeout=3600' or similar?
Feel free to point into the codebase
Note that I'm not using the (very cool)
usethis R based packages (idea is to keep git knowledge generic, not linked to R per se), those are described here: https://happygitwithr.com/https-pat.html. I'm going for the "organic git use" approach.