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From Maarten Coene <>
Subject Re: HTTP basic auth repositories
Date Mon, 29 Mar 2010 23:02:09 GMT
Specifying the credentials in your settings.xml should work as described here:

Could you please try again with latest Ivy trunk build? It contains some authentication bugfixes,
escpecially when using commons-httpclient.
If that doesn't work, could you take a look at the console when running latest Ivy trunk from
Ant in verbose mode (ant -v). It should log the more authentication information.


----- Original Message ----
From: Michael Shea <>
Sent: Tue, March 30, 2010 12:53:36 AM
Subject: HTTP basic auth repositories

Hi folks,

I am looking for some information about retrieving dependencies from an HTTP Ivy repository,
using Basic Auth, from an Ant build.

I am using ivy-2.1.0.

So far, I have been unable to actually retrieve any dependencies, because I can't authenticate.
At least, that's what I infer from all the error messages I get that say:
CLIENT ERROR: Authorization Required url=[...] The HTTP response code for [...] did not indicate a success. See log for
more detail.

I have commons-httpclient-3.1.jar on the path that I used when I created the ivy taskdefs,
so I don't think that's the problem:

<taskdef resource="org/apache/ivy/ant/antlib.xml" uri="antlib:org.apache.ivy.ant" classpathref="ivy.lib.path"
... "ivy.lib.path" contains commons-httpclient-3.1.jar.

The information on the website is confusing. This link (
<>) indicates that
the username and password should be defined on the ivy:configure element, but then only gives
an example which uses <credentials> sub-elements. When I actually try to use <credentials>
as a sub-element of ivy:configure, my build blows up (apparently this is not legal). There's
also the "ivy:settings" element, which does seem to support the <credentials> sub-element,
but which I am still unable to convince to work (as in, download my dependencies - at least
it doesn't make the build fail when I call it, though).

Debugging is tricky; all I ever see is that error message telling me that authorization is

I've also found another posting that indcates that you can do the credential stuff in ivysettings.xml
instead of in Ant:
... I haven't yet been able to get this method to work either.

Oh, I've been leaving the "realm" to use for authentication out of all my configurations,
since I don't think I'm using one.

Anybody have some pointers for me?


Mike Shea.


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