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Marc Mengel, 02/02/2012 03:52 PM


[ Please help debug these instructions! Send comments/corrections! ]

There are numerous graphical front ends to the various packages on Windows; regardless which
front-end you choose, you will need to configure the back-end part below.

Front ends

Back Ends

For write access to repositories on cdcvs, I am currently recommending that users use Putty 0.62 (or newer)
in concert witht NetIDManager and Keberos for Windows.

Then there are a few steps to get things setup:

  1. Install the appropriate Putty installer (either 32 or 64 bit, at the bottom of this page).
  2. Startup PuTTY from that installation
  3. Select Session and set the hostname to:
  4. Expand SSH and under that expand Auth, and select GSSAPI
    • Check the box labelled: Allow GSSAPI credential delegation
    • Ensure that MIT Kerberos GSSAPI is first in the Preference order for GSSAPI libraries" box.
    • Select Sessino again. In the empty Saved Sessions box, enter and click Save.
  5. Create some environment variables:
    1. (system) CVS_RSH = C:\Program Files\PuTTY\plink.exe
    2. (system) GIT_SSH = C:\Program Files\PuTTY\plink.exe
    3. (system) SVN_SSH = C:\Program Files\PuTTY\plink.exe
      • Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
      • Click the Advanced tab.
      • Click Environment variables.
      • Click one the following options, for either a user or a system variable:
        • Click New to add a new variable name and value.
        • Click an existing variable, and then click Edit to change its name or value.
        • Click an existing variable, and then click Delete to remove it.
        1. Close all open windows then renew your the credentials for .

Check if it works:

try to login on the server with plink.exe. In a cmd.exe window:

%CVS_RSH% echo hi

(where "project" is your project name). You should get

Only 'lscvs' and 'cvs' commands are allowed (or "hi" if you're a project admin).


The CVS_RSH environment variable should make :ext: CVSROOT's work in WinCVS, TortiseCVS, etc.


The GIT_SSH environment variable should make ssh:/... repository paths work with Git tools.

The only exception known at the moment is Eclipse's Git backend, which ignores GIT_SSH. If you're using Git from Eclipse, we can setup ssh public key access for you. We also have a bug report in with the Eclipse Git backend asking that they fix this.


Configure Subversion to use plink/ssh for “svn+ssh” uri.

  • Edit the file c:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Subversion\config
    (with your username for "user") * Locate the section named [tunnels] * Add the following line :

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