I'm having trouble adding the ssh key due to the bad address ssh looks for the keys. And I have no clue where to effectively change it

This question is in reference to Atlassian Documentation: Set up SSH for Git

I got a host of troubles with the SSH key on a Windows 10 laptop, using Git Bash 64 bit. First:

Step 1.1: There is no Open SSH first line when I run ssh -v. Does this mean something?
Step 1.1: "If you don't have ssh installed, install it now with your package manager." What does this mean, exactly? What is a package manager? Why should I? I never needed to do this before.

Here's what I think "the root of my problem":

Step 2.2: ssh-keygen

It will show me this:

Generating public/private rsa key pair.
Enter file in which to save the key (/home/robertt/.ssh/id_rsa):

Unacceptable, Windows cannot write to that address, it makes absolutely no sense. How can I change this?

All the further troubles stem from this step alone. The problem is that ssh looks in the /home/robertt/.ssh/id_rsa, when it should look into /c/users/robertt/.ssh/id_rsa. I have no idea what variable or configuration controls this.

All my other computers show the right address and I had no trouble following the steps of the guide. But now, on this laptop, even if I mention custom addresses, I'll eventually fail at Step 5.8. And when the ssh-agent initalizes, I'm never asked of the passphrase

I'm failing on Step 5.8 like so:

ssh -Tv git@bitbucket.org will show the following:

OpenSSH_7.1p2, OpenSSL 1.0.2g 1 Mar 2016

debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh/ssh_config
debug1: Connecting to bitbucket.org [104.192.143.1] port 22.
debug1: Connection established.
Could not create directory '/home/robertt/.ssh'.
debug1: key_load_public: No such file or directory
debug1: identity file /home/robertt/.ssh/id_dsa type -1
debug1: key_load_public: No such file or directory
debug1: identity file /home/robertt/.ssh/id_dsa-cert type -1
debug1: Enabling compatibility mode for protocol 2.0
debug1: Local version string SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_7.1
debug1: Remote protocol version 2.0, remote software version OpenSSH_6.4
debug1: match: OpenSSH_6.4 pat OpenSSH* compat 0x04000000
debug1: Authenticating to bitbucket.org:22 as 'git'
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEXINIT sent
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEXINIT received
debug1: kex: server->client aes128-ctr umac-64-etm@openssh.com none
debug1: kex: client->server aes128-ctr umac-64-etm@openssh.com none
debug1: sending SSH2_MSG_KEX_ECDH_INIT
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_KEX_ECDH_REPLY
debug1: Server host key: ssh-rsa SHA256:zzXQOXSRBEiUtuE8AikJYKwbHaxvSc0ojez9YXaG p1A
The authenticity of host 'bitbucket.org (104.192.143.1)' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is SHA256:zzXQOXSRBEiUtuE8AikJYKwbHaxvSc0ojez9YXaGp1A.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Failed to add the host to the list of known hosts (/home/robertt/.ssh/known_host s).
debug1: SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS sent
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS
debug1: SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS received
debug1: SSH2_MSG_SERVICE_REQUEST sent
debug1: SSH2_MSG_SERVICE_ACCEPT received
debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey
debug1: Next authentication method: publickey
debug1: Trying private key: /home/robertt/.ssh/id_dsa
debug1: No more authentication methods to try.
Permission denied (publickey).

From where does it pick this /home/robertt/.ssh/ address??

I appreciate anything info that can help me here. Thank you!

1 answer

on WIndows, "home" is usually c:\Users\{username}

from a command window, try echo %HOMEPATH% to see what is set

 

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