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From "Rhino" <>
Subject Re: Question re sshexec
Date Tue, 20 Dec 2005 22:50:43 GMT
I've finally received an answer about our SSH setup from the administrator 
of the server. He's out of town for a few days and only checking email 

I've lost the original email thread but I've copied and pasted from the 
email that I forwarded to our administrator and added his answer.


Okay, in a nutshell, the administrator has this to say about Rob's question 
on the setup of SSH on the server:

"I don't have an answer to that. The original key was
made with Openssl / Openssh the key was then put on
your computer and converted for use by Putty."

I don't know if that is enough to answer your question; I suspect not. But I 
have root access to the server and the administrator's permission to do 
commands to get the version number for SSH or whatever else I need to do to 
answer the question.

In other words, I'm pretty much on my own with respect to getting the 
information you need to help me. So, if you tell me how to figure out the 
things you need to know, I'm more than ready to do whatever it takes to get 
that information for you. I will happily sign on the server and do any 
command you like that isn't destructive. Just tell me what commands to run 
and I'll do them right away and report back.

For what it's worth, I've just run the 'openssl' command on the server and 
when I got the prompt, I entered: version. The result was "0.9.7a Feb 19 

I would _REALLY_ like to get my sshexec/scp tasks working. I am putting 
together a workaround but it's fairly ugly and is more of my time than I 
wanted to spend: using sshexec and scp is definitely my preferred choice.


> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Anderson, Rob (Global Trade)" <>
> To: "Ant Users List" <>
> Sent: Monday, December 19, 2005 2:11 PM
> Subject: RE: Question re sshexec task
> It may be that your ssh keyfile is in the wrong format. What
> version/vendor of ssh did you use to generate the keyfile?
> -Rob Anderson
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Rhino []
>> Sent: Saturday, December 17, 2005 3:31 PM
>> To: ant-user
>> Subject: Question re sshexec task
>> Is there any problem with blanks or apostrophes within the
>> name of a keyfile in an sshexec task? I am running Ant 1.6.5
>> in Eclipse 3.1.1.
>> Our environment changed recently so I need to modify my build
>> scripts to use keys instead of passwords. After reading the
>> sshexec article in the Ant manual, I wrote the following
>> trivial task to display the current directory on our Linux server:
>> <sshexec host="" username="rhino"
>> keyfile="C:\Documents and Settings\Rodeo\Desktop\Bob's
>> Server\Rodeos key.ppk"
>> passphrase="snarfle" trust="true"
>> command="pwd"/>
>> When I executed this task, this is what I found in the output:
>> [sshexec] Identity: com.jcraft.jsch.JSchException: invaid privatekey:
>> C:\Documents and Settings\Rodeo\Desktop\Bob's Server\Rodeos key.ppk
>> E:\eclipse\3.1.1\eclipse\workspace\Resume_JDK_1.5.0\xml\tonge.
>> xml:106:
>> com.jcraft.jsch.JSchException: invaid privatekey:
>> C:\Documents and Settings\Rodeo\Desktop\Bob's Server\Rodeos key.ppk
>> Although the message seems to be complaining about my private
>> key, the message contains the path to the key file. The path
>> to the key file is correct so I'm guessing that the sshexec
>> task has a problem with embedded blanks or apostrophes in the path.
>> Can anyone confirm that or suggest an alternate explanation?
>> I'd like to get this task working again.
>> Also, just a little thing but how do I notify the developer
>> of this task about the typo in the error message; he/she's
>> got "invalid" spelled without the 'l'. This is an optional
>> task so I'm not sure if I have to contact them directly or if
>> I can get a message to them via this mailing list.
>> Rhino

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