Thanks for the help. I was on the right track. I can ssh from my pc if I 
add my mac user to the front of the url. eg this way 
I am not prompted to enter a password. Should I set up git in some way to 
use my mac username by default? Any advice from here?

On Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:12:14 UTC+10, Thomas Ferris Nicolaisen wrote:
> Just to follow up, the Github help pages have some good tips on setting up 
> SSH keys on Windows:
> Just skip the part about generating new keys, and the Github specific 
> things (like uploading ssh keys in the admin interface).
> Usually, these problems are because of:
> * SSH is not using the correct key file - you can investigate this by 
> looking at the output of "ssh -v git-username@git-server"
> * The contents of the key file are corrupted (accidentally added a line 
> break when copy/pasting the key, etc) - you can study this by looking at 
> the key file in a decent editor (like Notepad++ or something)
> On Tuesday, July 10, 2012 4:11:40 AM UTC+2, Les Nightingill wrote:
>> The first thing you need to try to diagnose is whether:
>> a. the far end is falling back to password access b/c it cannot 
>> authenticate the public key you're sending
>> b. the pc thinks the local private key requires a password for access
>> if you can try an ssh connection using the keys with verbose mode turned 
>> on, you might get more insight. It should (ha ha) be pretty much the same 
>> command as on the mac.
>> sorry, many details missing here, I know, but maybe it gives you a 
>> diagnostic start.
>> On Monday, July 9, 2012 5:16:48 PM UTC-7, Jackson Beale wrote:
>>> I have copied my public and private keys from my mac to my pc. I am 
>>> using git bash. The keys work fine on the mac. I have put the keys in 
>>> users/owner/.ssh and used the following permissions:
>>> chmod 700 ~/.ssh
>>> chmod 600 ~/.ssh/*
>>> chmod 644 ~/.ssh/known_hosts
>>> When I try and clone the remote repo, I am asked for a password. Any ideas?

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