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securely stash a password


condor_store_cred [-help]

condor_store_cred add [ -c | -u username ] [-p password] [-n machinename] [-f filename]

condor_store_cred delete [ -c | -u username ] [-n machinename]

condor_store_cred query [ -c | -u username ] [-n machinename]


condor_store_cred stores passwords in a secure manner. There are two separate uses of condor_store_cred:

  1. A shared pool password is needed in order to implement the PASSWORD authentication method. condor_store_cred using the -c option deals with the password for the implied condor_pool@$(UID_DOMAIN) user name.

    On a Unix machine, condor_store_cred with the -f option is used to set the pool password, as needed when used with the PASSWORD authentication method. The pool password is placed in a file specified by the SEC_PASSWORD_FILE configuration variable.

  2. In order to submit a job from a Windows platform machine, or to execute a job on a Windows platform machine utilizing the run_as_owner functionality, condor_store_cred stores the password of a user/domain pair securely in the Windows registry. Using this stored password, HTCondor may act on behalf of the submitting user to access files, such as writing output or log files. HTCondor is able to run jobs with the user ID of the submitting user. The password is stored in the same manner as the system does when setting or changing account passwords.

Passwords are stashed in a persistent manner; they are maintained across system reboots.

The add argument on the Windows platform stores the password securely in the registry. The user is prompted to enter the password twice for confirmation, and characters are not echoed. If there is already a password stashed, the old password will be overwritten by the new password.

The delete argument deletes the current password, if it exists.

The query reports whether the password is stored or not.


Operations refer to the pool password, as used in the PASSWORD authentication method.

-f filename
For Unix machines only, generates a pool password file named filename that may be used with the PASSWORD authentication method.

Displays a brief summary of command options.

-n machinename
Apply the command on the given machine.

-p password
Stores password, rather than prompting the user to enter a password.

-u username
Specify the user name.

Exit Status

condor_store_cred will exit with a status value of 0 (zero) upon success, and it will exit with the value 1 (one) upon failure.


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