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tomallen4
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FileZilla: SFTP with private key

To access my Linux box at home, I use ssh with passphrase-protected encryption keys. I was able to set up Putty without any difficulty. My private key file (id_rsa.ppk) is on the USB drive in a relative path from the Putty directory.

I've been using WinSCP to transfer files between Windows machines and my home computer. I understand from other posts that WinSCP isn't really free due to the U3 situation, so I'm trying to use FileZilla instead. Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to set up SFTP properly with my private key. I think it uses Putty, so I'm not sure what the problem is.

By the way, thanks for PortableApps! Brilliant idea!

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Putty Tools Pageant

I should have been more patient! For others who may be attempting to do the same thing, this how-to tells exactly what to do:

http://filezilla-project.org/wiki/index.php/Howto

By copying Pageant onto the USB drive and loading that first, I can then log into my system with an empty password (the passphrase is entered when the key is added to Pageant).

Now, my question is: Is Pageant (PuTTY authentication ageant) truly portable? It seems to work, but I was wondering how it affected the registry, etc.

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putty suite

I've been playing with the different putty apps lately, and I haven't found any traces from pageant. It is a completely stand alone app, no stored settings. I'm also working on a portable version of Putty's PSFTP, just hoping for John to take a look at it.

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Which apps

Which apps from PuTTY do people want? It's basically a matter of just adding em in and creating stub launchers that work off the main launcher (they all use the registry the same way, so the work is already done). I'd been under the impression that for most folks, PuTTY itself was all they need. PuTTYTel wasn't needed since it's just telnet (which PuTTY includes). PuttyGen is portable by itself and lets you generate keys for use with PuTTY Portable (you can add PuTTYGen to your PuTTYPortable directory and it'll show up in the PortableApps.com Menu). The only things that weren't includes were the SFTP client, which seemed silly since it was command-line based and FileZilla supports SFTP already (I use it regularly) and then the tray tool for managing keys/sessions, since I figured people were likely to accidentally leave it running.

If there's interest, I can post the additional tools as a simple PAF-based add-on so it will add the tools at the appropriate locations for ya.

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Have you seen my posts in

Have you seen my posts in the Putty Portable forum?
I've used psftp as long as i've used putty. It just seems natual to me to have my file transfers going command line style when all I ever see of the system is through putty anyway. But that is just my thought. I haven't actually used FileZilla...

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Just as a side note,

I believe FileZilla uses psftp, so you could have FileZilla Portable for the GUI and if you want to use the command line, you just launch psftp from the App\filezilla directory.
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WOW!! Just checking into

WOW!!

Just checking into this. It appears to be a modified version of psftp that cannot be launched stand-alone. But when you create an sftp connection in filezilla, it asks if it can store the host key. It stores the host key in the Putty Registry Entry.

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Pageant

I'd like to have pageant available as a portable app. Currently, I use PortaPuTTY and Pageant (I launch Pageant with "-c putty.exe"). I'd like to switch to PuTTY Portable, but I need to be able to use Pageant, too (so that FileZilla can use SFTP with a keyfile).

Thanks, and keep up the good work!

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Pageant is most important

I use the portable apps in what may be a somewhat odd way, but I find very useful. My laptop, for various reasons, as a secondary data and whatnot partition. I use this as a portable apps drive, and regularly synchronize it to my real usb drive. That way I have my apps portable, but also at hard drive speeds when using them locally. So, while I probably would not use pageant from the usb drive, I do use it from the local drive on a daily basis.

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