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Git send-email blocked by gmail security changes (and how to fix it)
TL;DR Google App passwords are a workaround if your google password is not working in git send-email.
Not sure if this is the right list but I thought of sending it here as a starter. I was following Stephen Jolley’s email for the Project status where it has a section for ‘ways to contribute’ and a pointer to the newcomers wiki. There is a link on How to Submit a Patch which has an example on how to add a gmail account there. I followed it but in the end I was blocked by an error stating that my 'Username and Password not accepted’. Googled a proposed fix to go to the gmail security settings and enable "Access for less secure apps” but the solution is outdated as my settings had a notice saying that it was removed some time ago.
But I found that you can use another security feature from google called app passwords. And that means that it will give you one specific password for your app needs. I tested this in the git send-email line and it worked. I don’t know if others are doing this or if their previous settings remain ok if these were configured before the recent security resets that google has done.
Is anyone struggling with this?
Should we update the wiki to include this tip?
Nicolas Dechesne <nicolas.dechesne@...>
You did the right thing. This is also how I use gmail with git-send-email.
I don't remember if they disabled it for all gmail users, or only for users who enable 2FA.. but using apps specific token is what we should recommend to everyone.
Yes, definitely. If you want to do it, please go ahead. If you need help with that, let me know.
I have just requested an account to the wiki and I’ll update that section once I get it :)
On Thu, Sep 22, 2022 at 6:51 PM Benjamin Esquivel <benjamin.esquivel@...> wrote:
There was another thread about sending e-mails with git send-email this week:
which pointed to this longer explanation:
FWIW: I'm happily using msmtp with gmail account which is then used by git send-email (through sendmail) with additional benefit that you can use the same from mutt, cron, command line or whatever else you might want to send e-mail (instead of using something specific to git send-email).
All you need to do is to install msmtp and short ~/.msmtprc like:
git config sendemail.to <corresponding.ML>
e.g. openembedded-core@... in repos, so that you don't need to manually type To: every time.
So yes, please update the wiki, but it's not as complicated as it might seem (based on the questions about this topic), nor is it specific to OE/Yocto.
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