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credential-cache: ignore "connection refused" errors

The credential-cache helper will try to connect to its
daemon over a unix socket. Originally, a failure to do so
was silently ignored, and we would either give up (if
performing a "get" or "erase" operation), or spawn a new
daemon (for a "store" operation).

But since 8ec6c8d, we try to report more errors. We detect a
missing daemon by checking for ENOENT on our connection
attempt.  If the daemon is missing, we continue as before
(giving up or spawning a new daemon). For any other error,
we die and report the problem.

However, checking for ENOENT is not sufficient for a missing
daemon. We might also get ECONNREFUSED if a dead daemon
process left a stale socket. This generally shouldn't
happen, as the daemon cleans up after itself, but the daemon
may not always be given a chance to do so (e.g., power loss,
"kill -9").

The resulting state is annoying not just because the helper
outputs an extra useless message, but because it actually
blocks the helper from spawning a new daemon to replace the
stale socket.

Fix it by checking for ECONNREFUSED.

Signed-off-by: Jeff King <>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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peff authored and gitster committed Jan 17, 2012
1 parent 06121a0 commit 35a71f1402b40b580d985a9d7e5fb1c9ec4d0232
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  1. +1 −1 credential-cache.c
@@ -72,7 +72,7 @@ static void do_cache(const char *socket, const char *action, int timeout,
if (send_request(socket, &buf) < 0) {
- if (errno != ENOENT)
+ if (errno != ENOENT && errno != ECONNREFUSED)
die_errno("unable to connect to cache daemon");
if (flags & FLAG_SPAWN) {

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