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Re: [Subclipse-users] Question about subclipse 1.4.7 and svn+ssh access with private keys

From: Mark Phippard <mphippard_at_collab.net>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2009 10:20:08 -0500

On Sun, Jan 4, 2009 at 2:22 PM, <tommydkat_at_gmail.com> wrote:
> I have Eclipse 3.2.2 installed on Ubuntu 8.10 Linux (64-bit). I also have subclipse 1.4.7 installed along with:
> Subversion client adapter 1.5.2
> Subversion Native Library Adapter (JavaHL) 1.5.5
> SVNKit Client Adapter 1.5.4
> SNVKit Library
> I have my remote SVN repository configured in Eclipse and it's displayed in the SVN Repositories browser.
> When I connect to my SVN repository, I get prompted for the login information. The repository URL is "svn+ssh://my.website.com", the username is correct "tom", and I choose "use private key for authentication" and I navigate to where my private key is in my home directory (e.g. /home/tom/.ssh/private_key_rsa). I have no passphrase for my private key, so I leave that field blank. My SSH server is listening on a port other than 22, so I specify that port and I click "Ok".
> The dialog window with my login information disappears for a second and comes right back. Clearly, the login attempt failed. If I use a userid/password to login, I can login just fine.
> At the command line, I can login using ssh just fine:
> ssh -p 12345 tom_at_my.website.com
> I don't get any messages after the subclipse login with private key fails so I have no idea what the problem could be.
> How can I find out what the problem is so I can correct it?

Since you are on Linux, you are most likely using the SVNKit client
adapter. The preferences ought to tell you this. You can check this
page for instructions on getting JavaHL working:


SVNKit provides its own pure Java SSH client library. Perhaps it is
having problems with your key? support_at_svnkit.com is very responsive
and likely has some logging they can tell you how to configure.

JavaHL uses the same SSH infrastructure as the command line client so
if the command line works, then so should JavaHL. If you need to
provide a passphrase to unlock your key, you should use ssh-agent so
that this is managed for you. One of the negatives to using JavaHL
with SSH is that there is no console window available to respond to
any prompts provided by the OpenSSH client. So it is best to make
sure you are setup to not need to respond to any such prompts.

Mark Phippard
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