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Tramp & Cygwin (was: Emacs unconditionally loads tramp.el)

From: Michael Albinus
Subject: Tramp & Cygwin (was: Emacs unconditionally loads tramp.el)
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 08:50:49 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.110005 (No Gnus v0.5) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Jason Rumney <address@hidden> writes:

> "Drew Adams" <address@hidden> writes:
>> The thing I find annoying is I've never been able to get it to work on MS
>> Windows - I need to be able to get to a GNU/Linux box from Emacs on Windows,
>> but I was never able to log in with Tramp. Kai Grossjohann spent some time
>> trying to help me get it to work over a year ago, but we never succeeded in
>> understanding the problem. I gave up. Perhaps I'll try again after the
>> release comes out....
> There are "plink" methods for working with PuTTY's command-line
> terminal. I think Cygwin's ssh port expects to be run from an
> interactive Cygwin bash shell, so doesn't work well under Emacs.

I've spent several weeks trying to make Tramp running with Cygwin's
ssh. Finally I gave up, because I didn't find a way to cooperate with
their pseudo tty. Starting Cygwin's bash first, and afterwards ssh
from there, doesn't work either, IIRC.

A "cygwinized Emacs", i.e. built under Cygwin, doesn't suffer from this

Another workaround is ssh-agent, because the only hurdle to pass is
the interactive passphrase handover to the shell starting ssh.

Note that I'm neither an expert in MS Windows nor in Cygwin, just a
very occasional user. Some people tried to help, also w/o success.

Because this belongs to the top list of "Tramp's annoyances", I would
appreciate any new idea what to do.

Best regards, Michael.

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