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Confusing error message if credentials_service_account() pointing at incorrect file #93

MarkEdmondson1234 opened this issue Jul 7, 2019 · 0 comments


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@MarkEdmondson1234 MarkEdmondson1234 commented Jul 7, 2019

One of the most common errors I've seen when authenticating with service accounts is that user's try to use the client JSON rather than the service account key JSON.

If I replicate this behaviour with credentials_service_account() I get an error that the file is not present, rather than it is present but the wrong file.

path <- "../../auth/client.json"
credentials_service_account(scopes = "email", path = path)
Error in read_input(file) : 
  file must be connection, raw vector or file path
> file.exists(path)

To help with this I check for the presence for $private_key in the JSON file, to help give a hint:

  secrets  <- fromJSON(json_file)
    stop("$private_key not found in JSON - have you downloaded the correct JSON file? 
         (Service Account Keys, not service account client)")
@jennybc jennybc added this to the v0.4.0 milestone Oct 2, 2019
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