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Should gh_token_help() report bad credentials (401)? #1413

zkamvar opened this issue Apr 7, 2021 · 2 comments

Should gh_token_help() report bad credentials (401)? #1413

zkamvar opened this issue Apr 7, 2021 · 2 comments
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zkamvar commented Apr 7, 2021

I know this is covered in git_sitrep(), but I'm wondering if gh_token_help() should report if a discovered token throws a 401 error.

For example, I have a token whose access I just revoked, but gh_token_help() does not report any errors:

#> ● GitHub host: ''
#> ● Host online: TRUE
#> ● Personal access token for '': '<discovered>'
#> ℹ Call `gh::gh_whoami()` to see info about your token, e.g. the associated user
#> ℹ To see or update the token, call `gitcreds::gitcreds_set()`
#> ✔ If those results are OK, you are good go to!
#> ℹ Read more in the 'Managing Git(Hub) Credentials' article:
#> Error in gh_process_response(raw): 
#> GitHub API error (401): 
#> Message: Bad credentials
#>

Created on 2021-04-07 by the reprex package (v2.0.0)

@jennybc jennybc added the git git, GitHub, and CI in general label Apr 15, 2021
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jennybc commented Apr 15, 2021

Note to self: Just did some troubleshooting with Tareef, who had an invalid PAT in .Renviron and had set a good PAT via gitcreds. On RStudio Server and the aggravating failure was from remotes::install_github(). I.e. he couldn't install from GitHub because remotes was finding the bad PAT in the env var.

I need to recreate this situation and see what help git_sitrep() and gh_token() offers (or not). And also make sure Happy Git is sending people to these functions for troubleshooting.

@jennybc jennybc added this to the v2.1.0 milestone Sep 28, 2021
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Just leaving a note here as a concise list to check in case nothing seems to be working:

The PAT could be saved in multiple places on a Windows computer. The following should be checked:

  • the .Renviron in the User's HOME. By default that's in "Documents"
  • Project specific .Renvirons, which would be in the root of project folders
  • The Windows Credential Manager. Find it by typing "Credential Manager" into the Windows search. Switch to "Windows Credential" and delete anything that says GitHub on it
  • The Windows Environment Variables. Make sure you check both the user and system locations.

I somehow managed to have random PATs saved in each one of these categories. Deleting everything let me follow normal instructions.

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