Using Pageant to avoid having to enter the SSH password every time

When using SSH, you normally have to enter your password every time you do a CVS operation. To avoid this, while maintaining a reasonable level of security, you can use an SSH Agent. The SSH Agent in the PuTTY suite is known as Pageant.

  1. Download the PuTTY suite from the PuTTY site.

  2. Run pageant.exe. Right-click on its icon in the system tray and select Add Key, then browse to your private key file. If the key is password protected, Pageant will ask for the password.

  3. To avoid having to do the above every time you boot up your computer, create a shortcut to Pageant in your ProgramsStartup folder, specifying the key file as argument.