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Re: weird svn+ssh cygwin echoing password prompt problem

From: David Ripton <dripton_at_ripton.net>
Date: 2005-02-10 17:04:49 CET

On 2005.02.10 00:19:17 +0000, Chris Hecker wrote:
> Has anybody seen anything like this before? I searched the list archives
> but didn't see anything (plenty of people mentioning the multiple ssh
> connections, but nothing about the weird echo/infinite prompt behavior).


Did you try similar svn operations from Linux? Did they just work
normally, indicating that the problem is fully on the Windows side?

Does it only happen from one Windows box, or can you reproduce the
problem on another one?

Is there anything interesting in /var/log on the server box? Tried
getting more verbose logging, on the client and server sides? (I know
-v -v -v for ssh; don't recall the corresponding things for PuTTY or
sshd, but they're probably there.)

> Any ideas?

Use ssh-agent. Passwords get highly annoying, quickly, with svn+ssh.
Hardcoded passwords (like plink -pw $PASSWORD in a script somewhere) are
much less secure than ssh-agent with a good passphrase. Spending a
lot of time debugging problems in the wrong solution seems sub-optimal.

> PS. I haven't tried using ssh-agent, I assume that would work because it
> won't prompt. But the prompting used to (and should) work.


David Ripton    dripton@ripton.net
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