Subclipse forgetting SVN password on Mac OS X

Sometimes, Subclipse can forget your password for certain SVN repositories and although you select “Save password” in the authentication dialog, it will keep asking for it every single time. It’s probably an overkill, but to solve this, I’ve had to clear the SVN credentials cache (warning: this will make SVN forget all passwords for all repositories) as follows:

  1. Close Eclipse
  2. Open Terminal
  3. Type defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES
  4. This will make hidden files visible
  5. Go to /Users/your-user-name/.subversion in Finder
  6. Delete the auth directory under it
  7. Start Eclipse



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