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How do I set up default login name for git on Windows 7? When I run git clone ssh://<server>/repo, git tries to connect to user@<server>, where user is my Windows username. How can I change the default username for a given server? I cannot use ssh://<username>@<server>/repo.

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Why can't you use ssh://<username>@<server>/repo or <user>@<server>:repo syntax? – Stephen Jennings Oct 27 '11 at 8:39
Because that does not help me. I also have submodules on the same server. When I use git and recursive clone, git creates new connections to the same server again with bad username, because the submodule url is without the username. – Juraj Blaho Oct 27 '11 at 8:42
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For ssh connection, you can specify:

  • the server
  • the name
  • the private key


Host server
User yourLogin
Hostname SSH IP address --eg
IdentityFile "path to your private ssh key"

in a file named config (under your HOME/.ssh, provided you did defined the HOME environment variable, which isn't defined by default in Windows).

See a more complete example in "nbgit to remote host with ssh".

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I already have the set in the global git config. That does not work. – Juraj Blaho Oct 27 '11 at 8:25
@JurajBlaho: sorry, I didn't see the ssh part! I have completely re-edited my answer. – VonC Oct 27 '11 at 8:30
Where should I set that? I have an .ssh directory with known_hosts file in it. Where should I set the loginName and private key for the server? – Juraj Blaho Oct 27 '11 at 8:37
@JurajBlaho: in that same .ssh directory, add a file named 'config' with your ssh connection. The link I mention illustrates how it works. – VonC Oct 27 '11 at 8:40
It seems to do almost what I need. Thanks. – Juraj Blaho Oct 27 '11 at 8:54

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