current stable Sqoop have parameter --password that can be used to specify password on command line and thus you do not need to prompt user for it every time.
In Sqoop2 which is major redesign of the project, we will introduce advanced metastore where you will store your credentials to external database system and simply reusing them for particular import and export jobs.
On Sat, Dec 29, 2012 at 10:23:04PM -0500, Charles Earl wrote:
> I believe that the capability to authenticate to the source database via a client is what is proposed in SQOOP-795, https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SQOOP-795? So that there is currently no way to authenticate in sqoop without a prompt on each database access.
> I assume that in practice for large numbers of transfers secure connection alternatives are custom engineered by users?