Using Putty SSH Aliases with TortoiseSVN

TortoiseSVN is a Windows shell extension for SVN. A problem that can arise is when using subversion is that you may need to access a repository through SSH, but on a non-standard port. Unfortunately, you cannot specify the port using the following notation svn+ssh://<user>@<host>:<port>/repo/path. The typical way to overcome that issue is to create SSH configuration aliases. However, in my experience with TortoiseSVN, it does not utilize SSH aliases defined in C:\Users\<user>\.ssh\config. An alternative way to define aliases that TortoiseSVN will respect is to define them with the Putty windows SSH client. All you need to do is download Putty, launch it, and create a “Saved Session” with with the same name as the alias, and using the correct host name, and port number.

~ by Ryan Lefever on January 23, 2010.

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