I've recently switched from spacemacs to radian and have suddenly run into magit prompting for my github password whenever I view the status of a repository (the repository is configured to use SSH). However, I am still able to update the repo's status in magit, as well as stage, commit, and push changes.

When I perform the same actions on the command line, I am not prompted for a password and it seems as if git is picking up the configuration correctly.

Emacs has the correct SSH_AGENT_PID and SSH_AGENT_SOCK present in getenv.

Backtrace after setting M-x toggle-debug-on-quit is available at https://gist.github.com/peschkaj/c0c102f8a5d383f603e1319ba9e7395c

Environment is:

  • Emacs 26.1
  • macOS 10.13.6
  • magit 2.13.0
  • Using radian as the basis of emacs configuration
  • Is your remote repo using an ssh url, or an https one? What do you mean by "view the status of a repository"? Does that mean fetch, or literally just refresh the status buffer?
    – npostavs
    Aug 30, 2018 at 3:04
  • The repo is using ssh, and by view status I mean just refresh the status buffer.
    – anon
    Aug 30, 2018 at 13:04
  • I'm surprised you get a prompt just for the status buffer. Maybe this is a ghub thing? Could you M-x toggle-debug-on-quit, hit C-g at the prompt, and post the resulting backtrace?
    – npostavs
    Aug 30, 2018 at 13:21
  • @npostavs I've updated the question with the backtrace and magit version number.
    – anon
    Aug 30, 2018 at 15:19
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    Okay, the prompting is from magit-gh-pulls, not magit itself. I don't know much about it, but github.com/sigma/magit-gh-pulls/issues/111 and/or github.com/sigma/magit-gh-pulls/issues/121 seem related.
    – npostavs
    Aug 30, 2018 at 15:56

1 Answer 1


The solution to this was to supply a github user and oauth-token in the git config

git config --global --add github.user <user>
git config --global --add github.oauth-token <token>

Once both the oauth token and username are in place, and emacs has been restarted, I'm no longer prompted for my username and password.

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