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Feature request: Auto-create users for servlet container authenticated principals #542

gitblit opened this issue Aug 12, 2015 · 5 comments


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gitblit commented Aug 12, 2015

Originally reported on Google Code with ID 246

What steps will reproduce the problem?
1. Configure a realm in Tomcat that authenticates e.g. user X
2. Deploy gitblit WAR on Tomcat
3. Authenticate user X via Tomcat (not via gitblit login)
4. Gitblit will NOT treat the session principal as a user

What is the expected output? What do you see instead?

It would be great if gitblit could auto-create a gitblit user for the authenticated
principal if no gitblit user with that user id exists yet.

Instead it seems that Gitblit resolves an unknown principal as a null UserModel and
effectively ignores the principal.

What version of the product are you using? On what operating system?

Gitblit v1.2.1, WAR edition, deployed on Tomcat 7 on Debian 7 ("wheezy").

Please provide any additional information below.

According to James Moger, the Ldap and Redmine user services will auto-create user
accounts based on successful authentication. The same approach could be used for servlet
container based authentication.

See the related conversation between me and James here:!topic/gitblit/iBJwfrzpSaI

Reported by oliver.doepner on 2013-05-25 23:49:18

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gitblit commented Aug 12, 2015

Reported by James.Moger on 2013-05-28 11:28:38

  • Status changed: Started
  • Labels added: Milestone-1.3.0

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gitblit commented Aug 12, 2015

This has been implemented on master and tested with Tomcat 7.
By default, container-based auto-create is disabled but can easily be enabled with:

realm.container.autoCreateAccounts = true

Reported by James.Moger on 2013-06-17 20:05:33

  • Status changed: Queued

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gitblit commented Aug 12, 2015

Thank you so much, James. I will try out the feature as soon as I have some free cycles.


Reported by oliver.doepner on 2013-06-18 17:45:52

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gitblit commented Aug 12, 2015

Fix or enhancement released in v1.3.0

Reported by James.Moger on 2013-07-14 16:52:58

  • Status changed: Fixed

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gitblit commented Aug 12, 2015

We are now using this feature with Gitblit 1.3.1. Works very well!
Thanks, James. :)

Reported by oliver.doepner on 2013-08-05 03:29:13

@gitblit gitblit closed this as completed Aug 12, 2015
@flaix flaix modified the milestone: 1.3.0 Dec 13, 2016
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