Bug #1031


SSH Credentials screen does not explain that keyfile must be PuTTY format in Windows, OpenSSH in Linux

Added by Brendan Kidwell 3332 days ago.

Status:New Start:03/10/2015
Priority:Normal Due date:
Assigned to:avatarMirco Bauer % Done:


Category:Frontend GNOME
Target version:-

Found in Version:

Votes: 0


The SSH Credentials screen accepts a private SSH key file for authentication. It does not explain that the format must be PuTTY (.ppk) on a Windows client and OpenSSH on a Linux client.

This tripped me up because I figured I could just point it to my existing ~/.ssh/id_rsa, and it didn't work (in Windows with Cygwin + OpenSSH client and server already installed).

Recommended possible fixes:
  • A small note in the SSH Credentials dialog box indicating the required format
  • A hyperlink in the SSH Credentials dialog box pointing to details help for setting up an SSH tunnel

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