Can’t clone a github repo on Linux via HTTPS

The answer was simple but not obvious:

Instead of:

git clone


git clone https://[email protected]/org/project.git

or (insecure)

git clone https://username:[email protected]/org/project.git

(Note that in the later case, your password will may be visible by other users on your machine by running ps u -u $you and will appear cleartext in your shell’s history by default)

All 3 ways work on my Mac, but only the last 2 worked on the remote Linux box. (Thinking back on this, it’s probably because I had a global git username set up on my Mac, whereas on the remote box I did not? That might have been the case, but the lack of prompt for a username tripped me up… )

Haven’t seen this documented anywhere, so here it is.

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