Just recently I rebuilt a system that I use for work. After I installed Cygwin on it, I started getting some weird errors when using git with ssh to do some source control tasks.
When doing a fetch, pull or push to/from origin, or really any git command that uses ssh to communicate, the ssh client would complain with the error:
Could not create directory '/home/jgg/.ssh'. The authenticity of host 'github.com (126.96.36.199)' can't be established. RSA key fingerprint is 16:27:ac:a5:76:28:2d:36:63:1b:56:4d:eb:df:a6:48. Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)?
Once I enter
yes, I get the following:
Failed to add the host to the list of known hosts (/home/ME/.ssh/known_hosts).
This was happening everytime I was using git under cygwin and very quickly the situation became completely unsustainable. But after doing a little research, I found a solution that is pretty simple:
- Locate the
passwdfile, which is usually at
- Open it with your prefered editor
- On the line that starts with your username, change the section that reads
/cygdrive/c/path/to/home/folder/MEor wherever your home folder is.
- Save the changes and restart the Cygwin Terminal
Expect to see the authenticity check one final time and see the ssh client
actually be able to write to the