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Store Credentials When Installing with Bower

Environment

Product Kendo UI for jQuery Bower Installation
Operating System Windows 10 64bit

Description

I get asked multiple times to provide my credentials while installing the Kendo UI Bower packages. How can I avoid this?

Solution

To preserve your credentials and handle the issue, use either of the following approaches:

  • Cache your credentials by storing them as plain text in a .netrc file.
  • Store your credentials by using the Git credential helpers. For detailed information on how to do this, refer to Stack Overflow and follow the discussion on skipping the password typing.

Storing on Windows

  • Caching your credentials is required if you use the Kendo UI Bower package in an ASP.NET vNext project.
  • If your home directory contains spaces in its path (for example, c:\Documents and Settings\jane), Git might have problems resolving it. That is why you need to update your %HOME% environment variable to point to a directory and exclude any spaces in its name.
  1. Create a text file called _netrc in your home directory—for example, c:\users\jane\_netrc.
  2. Declare a HOME environment variable.

      C:\> SETX HOME %USERPROFILE%
    
  3. Add the credentials using the format.

      machine bower.telerik.com
          login my-telerik.identity@example.com
          password mysecret
    

Storing on Unix-Like Systems

  1. In your home directory, create a file called .netrc (~/.netrc). Verify that you modify the file permissions to make it readable only to you.

      touch ~/.netrc
      chmod 0600 ~/.netrc
    
  2. Add your credentials to the ~/.netrc file using the format demonstrated in the following example.

      machine bower.telerik.com
          login my-telerik.identity@example.com
          password mysecret
    
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