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install_git hangs #1498

james-atkins opened this issue Apr 28, 2017 · 4 comments

install_git hangs #1498

james-atkins opened this issue Apr 28, 2017 · 4 comments


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I can successfully clone a git repository running on an internal GitLab server using git2r::clone, but when attempting to install a package using devtools::install_git, the command just hangs. R doesn't respond to Ctrl-C and has to be forcefully terminated.

repo <- ""
ssh_key <- git2r::cred_ssh_key("~/.ssh/", "~/.ssh/id_rsa_gitlab")

# git2r::clone runs successfully
git2r::clone(repo, tempfile(), credentials = ssh_key)

# but devtools::install_git hangs
devtools::install_git(repo, credentials = ssh_key)

#> R version 3.4.0 (2017-04-21)
#> Platform: x86_64-apple-darwin16.5.0 (64-bit)
#> Running under: macOS Sierra 10.12.4
#> Matrix products: default
#> BLAS: /System/Library/Frameworks/Accelerate.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/vecLib.framework/Versions/A/libBLAS.dylib
#> LAPACK: /System/Library/Frameworks/Accelerate.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/vecLib.framework/Versions/A/libLAPACK.dylib
#> locale:
#> [1] en_GB.UTF-8/en_GB.UTF-8/en_GB.UTF-8/C/en_GB.UTF-8/en_GB.UTF-8
#> attached base packages:
#> [1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base     
#> loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
#>  [1] Rcpp_0.12.10    digest_0.6.12   withr_1.0.2     rprojroot_1.2  
#>  [5] backports_1.0.5 git2r_0.18.0    magrittr_1.5    evaluate_0.10  
#>  [9] stringi_1.1.5   rmarkdown_1.5   devtools_1.12.0 tools_3.4.0    
#> [13] stringr_1.2.0   yaml_2.1.14     compiler_3.4.0  memoise_1.1.0  
#> [17] htmltools_0.3.6 knitr_1.15.1
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jimhester commented Apr 28, 2017

ssh is probably trying to prompt for your credentials, try using ssh-agent to cache them.

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pooranis commented May 7, 2017

I had the same problem. In the source code, the install_remote function doesn't pass the credentials to remote_sha.git_remote (or actually, remote_sha.git_remote doesn't pass it to git2r::remote_ls), so the function just hangs. They do get passed through remote_download.git_remote to git2r::clone. Could this be changed to be consistent or is this a problem with git2r?

If the ssh key is not the default, then you would have to pass the credentials. I'm not sure how to cache them with ssh-agent from within Rstudio. So, if that's a better solution than changing the function, does anyone have any pointers?

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Yes looks like @pooranis is right and the credentials are not passed to git2r::remote_ls. I've submitted a pull request which should fix this: #1501.

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