Connecting git to github on windows 7 without bash

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Published on 2010-02-24T18:46:48Z Indexed on 2010/03/12 18:57 UTC
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I'm setting up git on my new Windows 7 machine and I'm hitting a roadblock when it comes to getting github to acknowledge my ssh key. I am doing things a little different from the standard script in that I would rather not use cygwin and prefer to use my powershell prompt. The following is what I did:

  1. I installed msysgit (portable).
  2. I went to C:\program files\git\bin and used ssh-keygen to generate a public/private ssh keypair which I put in c:\Temp
  3. I then created a directory named .ssh\ in c:\Users\myusername\ (on windows 7)
  4. I moved both the files generated by the ssh-keygen (id_rsa and id_rsa.pub) into the .ssh directory
  5. I went to my account on github, created a new public key, copy-pasted the contents of id_rsa.pub into it and saved
  6. I now go to my powershell prompt, set-alias git 'C:\program files\git\bin\git.exe'
  7. I try to now do a clone [email protected]:togakangaroo/ps-profile.git which rejects my authentication:

    Permission denied (publickey). fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly

Past experience says that this means git is not recognizing my key. What steps am I missing?

I have a feeling that I need to somehow configure git so that it knows where my ssh keys are (though it would seem it should look there automatically) but I don't know how to do that.

Another possible clue is that when I try to run git config --global user.name "George Mauer" I get an error

fatal: $HOME not set

I did however set up a HOME environment user variable with the value %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%

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