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From: Junio C Hamano <>
To: Sven Strickroth <>
Cc: git <>,
	Johannes Schindelin <>
Subject: Re: tortoiseplink ssh variant still needed?
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2021 14:53:33 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <xmqqtuh79zmq.fsf@gitster.g> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <> (Sven Strickroth's message of "Fri, 22 Oct 2021 18:13:20 +0200")

Sven Strickroth <> writes:

> IIRC tortoiseplink was initially created by TortoiseCVS which is
> nowadays not maintained any more 
> (<>).
> In TortoiseSVN and TortoiseGit tortoiseplink was modified six years
> ago (around 2015-03-07) to ignore the "--batch" parameter and also
> accept "-p" additionally to "-P"  (cf. 
> <>).
> Therefore, my first question: Does Git still want to support very old
> versions of tortoiseplink or should I provide a patch which drops 
> support for it?

You sent the question to me so I am answering, but this depends on
(1) who the users who use TortoisePlink are and (2) by dropping
support for it, what we would gain.

I am guessing that nobody other than those on Windows use
TortoisePlink, and that everybody other than those who build their
own Git from source use Dscho's Git-for-Windows, and I further
assume that the GfW comes with its own copy of OpenSSH.

So our intended audience is those who started using Git on Windows
back when TortoisePlink was still a thing, are still happily using
TortoisePlink, and are willing to only update Git but not migrate to
OpenSSH.  How big that audience is, I do not know, as I do not do

How much maintenance burden is the "support" costing us?  A quick
scan in connect.c tells me that the "add --batch to the command
line" would be the only thing we would be able to shed; everything
else seems to be shared with plink and putty.


  parent reply	other threads:[~2021-10-23 21:53 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-10-22 16:13 tortoiseplink ssh variant still needed? Sven Strickroth
2021-10-22 16:45 ` [PATCH] Drop unneeded special handling of ssh variant tortoiseplink Sven Strickroth
2021-10-23  9:57   ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-10-23 21:53 ` Junio C Hamano [this message]
2021-10-25 13:04   ` tortoiseplink ssh variant still needed? Johannes Schindelin

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