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Shared SSH public key authentication w/ TortoisePlink and Pageant not working in 1.7.1

From: Jason K. Carter <jkcarter_at_dlsstudios.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2011 09:00:33 -0600

Ever since I upgraded to version 1.7.1, any server commands I send
through TortoiseSVN are asking me to enter the password for my Putty
private SSH key (.ppk).


I am running on Windows 7 (x64) and have shared public key
authentication set up via Putty and Pageant as outlined at:



I have a saved Putty profile set up for the server I am connecting to,
and that profile is pointing to the .ppk file.


My TortoiseSVN working directory is checked out from


My servers config file is using the default config, and the SSH client
in the TortoiseSVN Network settings tab is cleared out (therefore using
the default TortoisePlink.exe). I do not have a default profile set up
in Putty, and I confirmed that
does not exist in the registry.


It seems as if TortoisePlink.exe just isn't checking for Pageant
sessions anymore. Is this a bug?


For now I can limp by with either hardcoding my key password into the
SSH client field as a command line option, or by pointing the SSH client
to the stock plink.exe binary. However, doing the former is a security
no no, and doing the latter opens up a black console window for every
single svn command, which is really annoying. It's not just an
aesthetic annoyance. The window steals focus when it opens,
interrupting whatever other tasks I may be doing.


Any help would be appreciated.




Jason Carter

Software Engineer,
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist

jkcarter_at_dlsstudios.com <mailto:jkcarter_at_dlsstudios.com>

312-332-9110 x254



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