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5.19 Issues with Cygwin ssh

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Cygwin's ssh works only with a Cygwin version of Emacs. To check for compatibility: type M-x eshell <RET>, and start ssh <RET>. Incompatibilities trigger this message:

     Pseudo-terminal will not be allocated because stdin is not a terminal.

Some older versions of Cygwin's ssh work with the sshx access method. Consult Cygwin's FAQ at for details.

On the Emacs Wiki it is explained how to use the helper program fakecygpty to fix this problem.

When using the scpx access method, Emacs may call scp with MS Windows file naming, such as c:/foo. But the version of scp that is installed with Cygwin does not know about MS Windows file naming, which causes it to incorrectly look for a host named c.

A workaround: write a wrapper script for scp to convert Windows file names to Cygwin file names.

When using the ssh-agent on MS Windows for password-less interaction, ssh methods depend on the environment variable SSH_AUTH_SOCK. But this variable is not set when Emacs is started from a Desktop shortcut and authentication fails.

One workaround is to use an MS Windows based SSH Agent, such as Pageant. It is part of the Putty Suite of tools.

The fallback is to start Emacs from a shell.