Cygwin: store authorized_keys in /etc/ssh/user/authorized_keys?

Darren Tucker dtucker at
Fri Jul 13 22:10:07 EST 2007

Harald Dunkel wrote:
> Hi folks,
> If I try to login on a Cygwin host via ssh, then my
> .ssh on a network drive is unaccessible until I login.
> I have to enter my password, even if my authorized_keys
> would allow me to login without. This is fatal, since it
> forces me to use an interactive session for working on a
> Windows host. Unusable for automatic builds and tests
> managed from a central machine, for example.
> There is no such restriction if I create local
> accounts on every Cygwin PC, using local disks for
> $HOME/.ssh. Highly inefficient and troublesome, I have
> to rsync my data again and again, but it works.
> Would it be possible to extend auth2-pubkey.c to
> look in /cde/ssh/$LOGNAME/authorized_keys for the
> public key, in addtition to the user's .ssh directory?
> Of course the usual access restrictions should be
> checked. And it should be made a configure option
> for the ssh server. I don't want to change the default
> behavior.

Any reason you don't use the existing AuthorizedKeysFile knob in 
sshd_config?  eg "AuthorizedKeysFile /etc/ssh/keys/%u"

Darren Tucker (dtucker at
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