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I have my git repos hosted on a server using Gitolite. I can access them using SSH like this and it works from Mac OS X/Linux:

git clone

On a Windows 8 Box I now have installed GitHub for Windows (GH4W) to access these Repos. I have set up the SSH keys and everything works from the Git-Shell (Powershell):

C:\Users\joni\Documents\GitHub> git clone
Cloning into 'testing'...
Warning: Permanently added ',' (RSA) to the list of known hosts.
remote: Counting objects: 114, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (100/100), done.
remote: Total 114 (delta 29), reused 0 (delta 0)
Receiving objects: 100% (114/114), 9.72 KiB, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (29/29), done.

When I add this repo to GitHub for Windows now per drag and drop, GitHub for Windows cannot sync. I can do local commits and the remote is listed unter Settings > Primary remote (Origin), but the sync button never appears when I did local commits, and I also cannot pull changes from the server.

However everything works if I just open a shell in the repo (Tools > Open a Shell here) and do a git pull or git push manually.

So this must be an issue with GitHub for Windows ?

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Look like it related problem… – mmv-ru Dec 29 '14 at 18:50
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it probably should be reported at GitHub. – Tom Wijsman Jan 23 '15 at 20:54

This IS NOT a github issue but a user error.

Joni create and use a github application token use that the first time and maintain it like any other ssh key (as the token is an ssh key slaved to the u/n and application )

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