I am relatively new to the ssh scene, so please bear with me. I am currently using putty to set up an ssh link to a remote site. When I ran puttygen it generated two key files identity and identity.ppk which I presume putty as private and public keys. I would like to switch to Tunnelier because it seems like a vastly better GUI to someone who doesn't care about the fine points of ssh, but just wants to use it as a secure connection tool. How do I import the private key into Tunnelier? When I went thru the keypair manager and tried to import the file identity.ppk, it complained that it could not recognize the format of the file.
Thanks for any help.
Tunnelier cannot import the Putty encoded keys. What you should do is open puttygen, load the private key and then export it to OpenSSH format (menu - Conversions - Export OpenSSH key). Then simply import the newly exported OpenSSH key in Tunnelier's Keypair Manager.
I've tried this with PuTTYgen Release 0.57 and it worked fine. Don't forget to load the private key first!
Anyway if you are having troubles with PuTTYgen, then what you should do is contact PuTTY's support.
The reason why Tunnelier is not able to import the PuTTY's private keys in the first place is very simple: I couldn't find the format specifications. :(
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