Re: [Rd] Setting up TortoiseSVN and PuTTY on Windows for r-forge.r-project.org (Was: Re: Using SVN + SSH on windows)

From: Gabor Grothendieck <ggrothendieck_at_gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2010 11:22:45 -0400

One other tip. There is a utility:

   show-svn-info.hta

in the batchfiles distribution. Home page at: http://batchfiles.googlecode.com

Running it from the command line without arguments in a checkout folder will produce a popup screen with various information about that checkout directory that might help in diagnosing problems such as having the wrong URL.

For example, when run in the sqldf checkout folder on my machine this appears. (The example uses googlecode but the utility is independent of the subversion server so it works with R-Forge based checkout directories too.) The first section consists of clickable links and the second section has info on the checkout directory:

Tortoise SubVersion
batchfiles home page (CRAN)
Tortoise SVN home page (Help) (Forum) (Devel Forum)

Revision = 48
Min Revision = 22
Max Revision = 48
Date = 2010/02/13 07:05:40
URL = https://sqldf.googlecode.com/svn/trunk Author = ggrothendieck
HasMods = true

On Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 9:04 AM, Henrik Bengtsson <hb_at_stat.berkeley.edu> wrote:
> Here are some notes/observations I've done on my setup that works for
> me. Hopefully it will be added to some r-forge documentation/wiki.
>
> I use:
>
> Windows Vista Business SP2 32bit
> TortoiseSVN 1.6.7 (Build 18415 - 32 Bit , 2010/01/22 17:55:06)
> PuTTY v0.60 (with Pageant v0.60)
>
> I have a deprecated r-forge project ('r-oo') that I will use through
> out.  My r-forge username is 'henrikb'.  The URL root to this project
> is: svn+ssh://henrikb@svn.r-forge.r-project.org/svnroot/r-oo
>
> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
> PART I: WITHOUT PAGEANT RUNNING
> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
>
> I.A. CHECKING OUT
> 1. Create a directory somewhere, e.g. r-oo,R-forge/
> 2. Right click on r-oo,R-forge/, select 'SVN Checkout...'
> 3. In 'URL of repository', enter
> 'svn+ssh://henrikb@svn.r-forge.r-project.org/svnroot/r-oo'.
> 4. Click OK.  A 'Checkout - TortoiseSVN' window will open with a line
> saying "Command" and "Checkout from ...".
> 5. After a while, another dialog will open titled 'TortoisePlink' and
> 'henrikb_at_svn.r-forge.r-project.org password:' asking you to enter your
> r-forge password.
> 6. After entering the password and clicking OK, some bytes are
> downloaded, and then yet again a new 'TortoisePlink' dialog asks you
> to enter your r-forge password.
> 7. After entering the password (the 2nd time) and clicking OK, the
> actual files are downloaded; in the main ''Checkout - TortoiseSVN'
> window you will see several lines of "Added" followed by a "Completed"
> statement.  Click OK.
> 8. Look in your local r-oo,R-forge/ directory in Windows Explorer (not
> Internet Explorer); it should now be populated with directories and
> files, and (possibly hidden) .svn/ directories.  All directories,
> except the .svn/ ones, now have a small overlay icon showing a "green
> checkmark", which indicates that the local file is up to date with the
> file on the r-forge SVN repository.
>
>
> I.B. COMMITS
> 1. Edit r-oo,R-forge/README (which is one of the files that comes with
> all r-forge projects).  I just add one line "foo" at the top so there
> is a change.  Close the editor.
> 2. In Windows Explorer, the overlay icon now changed to a "red
> exclamation mark", indicating that the content of the file differ from
> the content available on the SVN repository.
> 3. To commit the changes to the online SVN repository, right click on
> the file, select 'SVN Commit...'
> 4. A window titled 'Commit - ...' opens.  You can enter a log message
> in the upper panel.  In the lower panel you see what files that will
> be committed.
> 5. After clicking OK to commit, the 'TortoisePlink' dialog pops up and
> asks you to enter your r-forge password.
> 6. After entering the password and clicking OK, then files will be
> sent.  In 'Commit - ...' window you will see several lines reporting
> this, e.g. "Command Commit", "Modified...", "Sending content ...", and
> "Completed ...".  Click OK.
> 7. The icon for r-oo,R-forge/README should now be a green checkmark
> (sometimes there is a delay in the update of the icon and you might
> have to navigate in and out of the directory for it to be updated;
> either way, the file online is updated.)
>
> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
> PART II: ABOVE WITH PAGEANT RUNNING
> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
> Pageant (comes with PuTTY) is a Windows programming running in the
> background that when setup properly together with r-forge will do
> automatic authentication so that you do not have to enter your r-forge
> password for every SVN checkout/commit/update.
>
> II.A. GENERATE A PAIR OF PUBLIC/PRIVATE KEYS FOR SSH
> 1. Start PuTTYgen.  A 'PuTTYgen Key Generator' window opens.
> 2. Click 'Generate'.
> 3. Follow the instructions, i.e. move the mouse over the panel to
> generate some randomness. When done, a key is generated.
> 5. Click "Save private key".   Do *not* enter a "key passphrase", that
> is, reply "Yes" to the dialog asking you "Are you sure want to save
> this key without a passphrase to protect it?".   Name the file, say,
> 'henrikb,20100328.ppk'.  Save it in a directory where you can find it
> (default for me is under the Documents/).
> 6. Before closing PuTTYgen, we want to add the displayed *public key*
> to the r-forge site.
> 7. Go to your 'My Page' -> 'Account Maintenance' at R-forge, i.e.
> http://r-forge.r-project.org/account/.
> 8. In the 'Shell Account Information' section at the bottom of the
> page, go to '[Edit Keys]'.
> 9. In the panel shown, paste the public key that you can copy from the
> PuTTYgen panel.  The key should look something like "ssh-rsa
> AAAAB3NzFOIEOROEPQPQxIDgvYxv5NZxYYjqnKUyYtPougE6R00ZLYKHZhtwyv61uLl/KkcprOBzhXIpFKn15efRr86H2psQYeDDpAB5EOc=
> rsa-key-20100328" in one line (without quotation marks).
> 10. Click 'Update' on the r-forge page.  In the 'Shell Account
> Information' section you should now see that the there is one more key
> at 'SSH Shared Authorized Keys'.
> 11. Close PuTTYgen and the r-forge page.
>
> II.B. ADD THE PRIVATE KEY TO THE PAGEANT CLIENT
> 1. Start Pageant.  It will open as a small icon in the Windows System Tray.
> 2. Double click on the Pageant tray icon to open the 'Pageant Key List' window.
> 3. Click 'Add Key'.  Locate the *ppk file saved by PuTTYgen, e.g.
> 'henrikb,20100328.ppk'.  Open it.
> 4. In the 'Pageant Key List' window, the key should now be listed,
> e.g. "ssh-rsa  1024  ... rsa-key-20100328".  Note that the last part
> "rsa-key-20100328" is just a comment, but it should match the "Key
> comment" you saw in PuTTYgen and also at the end of the line pasted
> into r-forge, cf. Step II.A.9 above.
> 5. You can now "Close" the Pageant window.  Pageant will keep running
> in the System tray.
>
>
> II.C. COMMIT A CHANGE
> 1. Edit the r-oo,R-forge/README file again, e.g. add a line "bar".
> 2. Follow the Steps I.B. above to commit.  The difference is that you
> now do not have to enter the password.  Instead, Pageant will
> communicate with r-forge in the background who will use the public and
> private keys to exchange authentication information.
>
>
> NOTE:
> When I tried the above immediately after all the above steps, I was
> still asked for the password.  This was at 12:40 UTC.  However, when
> trying about 20 minutes later (13:01 UTC) the authentication works
> automatically (no password needed).
>
> The reason for the delay is that r-forge needs several hours in order
> to update its authentication servers; this is written on the
> http://r-forge.r-project.org/account/editsshkeys.php page where you
> can read "This is done by a cron job, so it may not happen
> immediately. Please allow for a one hour delay."  (maybe it happens at
> every full hour - see above - but I don't know).  The exact time you
> have to wait is unknown, and I do not know of a way to check when the
> r-forge cron jobs have been run; there are no log files you check.
> There are some information about r-forge cron jobs at
> http://site.r-forge.r-project.org/, but they don't list the job for
> the above.
>
> Hope this helps some one
>
> Henrik
>
> On Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 5:45 AM, David Scott <d.scott_at_auckland.ac.nz> wrote:
>&
gt; Uwe Ligges wrote:
>>>

>>> It is really not hard to set it up. I am using a vanilla ssh (rather than
>>> putty) and that works fine all the time...
>>>
>>> Uwe Ligges
>>
>>
>> Ditto here. I am using ssh non commercial version with tortoise on Vista,
>> and I don't recall any problems setting it up. R-forge works perfectly fine
>> with windows and tortoise in my experience.
>>
>> Is your putty/ssh working? Can you access other machines with it? I do
>> recall ssh can be a bit fussy.
>>
>> David Scott
>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On 27.03.2010 18:31, Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
>>>>
>>>> s 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.
>>>>
http://sqldf.googlecode.com.  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.
>>>>
>>>
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