Re: [Rd] Using SVN + SSH on windows

From: Gabor Grothendieck <>
Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2010 13:31:18 -0400

I am using TortoiseSVN 1.6.7 on Vista and right clicking in Windows explorer and choosing

   TortoiseSVN | TortoiseSVN Settings | Network gives a blank dialog. In fact I don't think I have ever used the TortoiseSVN Network dialog at all yet I am able to use TortoiseSVN to send commits to R-Forge.

Not sure it matters but I normally run pageant from the command line like this: pageant \mydir\privatekey.ppk

I also had a lot of problems getting commits to R-Forge to work from Windows. The entire system is really geared to UNIX. It took me a couple of days of trial and error (since you have to wait 20 minutes for each try) before I got it working. Although I did get it to work, I ultimately decided to host all my packages on googlecode. googlecode is extremely easy to use from Windows and does not require any public/private key, pageant, etc. e.g. If you already have TortoiseSVN and know how to use it then you can probably set up a googlecode site in literally 5 minutes.

One other possibility. I think there is a way to host your project on googlecode but still have it mirrored on R-forge so from your users' viewpoint its the same as if it were on R-Forge but you can use the simpler googlecode site. In that case you might not need to set up commits on R-Forge since you would do all your commits through googlecode (depending on how it works) but I have not seen good documentation on how to do this.

2010/3/27 Uwe Ligges <>:
> From my memory: I guess you need to tell TortoiseSVN to use plink as your
> ssh client. I do not use putty myself hence cannot look into the details
> here.
> Uwe Ligges
> On 27.03.2010 15:12, Christophe Genolini wrote:
>> Hi the list,
>> I try to use R-Forge for developping a projet. I am using tortoise SVN
>> (last version) but I do not manage to Commit. I read the R-Forge user
>> Manual and some post on but I do not manage to find the solution. Here
>> is what I did:
>> 1/ I download 'puttygen.exe'. I generate a key (256 bits).
>> 2/ I save the private key in a file 'private.ppk' on my computer.
>> 3/ I copy-paste the public key on sourceforge
>> ssh-rsa
>> AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAABJQAAACEAobwycGGZrMZ39i7Vtrdk3ahN1hVw/tPoiShJGk1xjRs=
>> rsa-key-20100327
>> 4/ I wait two hours.
>> 5/ On my computer, I run 'pageant.exe'.
>> 6/ I click on 'Add key'. I load the file 'private.ppk'
>> 7/ I close 'pageant.exe' (still actif in the task bar).
>> 8/ I open explorer. I create a directory that is suppose to be the local
>> directoy for the projet.
>> 9/ I right-click on the directory. I open 'SVN checkout'
>> 10/ In 'URL of repository:', I write :
>> 'svn+ssh://'
>> (christophe is my accoung, kml3d is the project)
>> And...
>> ...nothing happen. No bug, not warning, nothing.
>> I try several things: if I do
>> 'svn://', I do manage
>> to download the project. But then, I do not manage to upload some
>> modification.
>> I also see on some tutorial that we might need putty.exe or plink.exe. I
>> download them, but R-Forge user Manual do not mention them.
>> Any idea of what goes wrong ?
>> Thanks
>> Christophe
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