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* [ANN] Guile-SSH 0.16.4 released
@ 2023-12-17 13:43 Artyom V. Poptsov
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Hello Guilers!

I'm pleased to announce Guile-SSH 0.16.4:

As usual, this release tag is signed with my GPG key[1].

This release fixes "channel leak" error reported by GNU Guix users.

Guile-SSH 0.16.4 API should be backward-compatible with Guile-SSH
0.16.3, 0.16.2, 0.16.1 and 0.16.0.

You can read the Guile-SSH documentation online here:

Or here (through the Yggdrasil[2] network):

Please note that:

  1. The Yggdrasil access is experimental and there's no guarantees; the
     actual Yggdrasil IPv6 address can be found on the main page of the
     site: <>

  2. The site itself is self-hosted so sometimes it is a bit flacky.

* What is Guile-SSH?

Guile-SSH is a library that provides access to the SSH protocol[3] for
programs written in GNU Guile interpreter.  It is built upon the
libssh[4] library.

Currently Guile-SSH provides the following features:
  - The API that is sufficient for building of standalone SSH clients and
    servers, or for embedding client/server functionality in your lispy Scheme
  - Several authentication methods are supported, including password
    authentication, public key and SSH agent authentication methods.
  - Key management procedures: you can make key pairs, read keys from files,
    get key hashes, get public keys from private keys etc.  DSS, RSA, RSA1 and
    ECDSA (by means of OpenSSL) are supported.
  - Port forwarding procedures and high-level API for creating of SSH tunnels.
  - Distributed forms ('dist-map', 'distribute', ...) that allow to spread the
    evaluation of Scheme code between remote hosts.  Or you can just connect
    to a remote REPL from Scheme using 'with-ssh' procedure and evaluate some
    expressions.  No special server needed on the remote side, just an SSH
    daemon and GNU Guile installed!
  - SFTP client API allows you to read and write remote files, or do directory
    traversal over the SSH protocol right from the Scheme code.
  - Remote popen API that allows you to make either input, output or
    bidirectional pipes to remote processes.
  - Detailed documentation in Texinfo format with examples included, even more
    examples in 'examples' directory.
  - Procedures for interaction with SSH agents.

* The list of user-visible changes

Here's the list of user-visible changes:

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* Changes in version 0.16.4 (2023-12-17)
** =private-key-from-file= now allows to read encrypted keys
The procedure =private-key-from-file= from =(ssh key)= now has optional
=#:auth-callback= and =#:user-data= keys that allow to specify a callback
procedure to read the password for an encrypted key, and optionally pass to
the callback procedure some user data.

The Texinfo documentation for =private-key-from-file= is updated with an usage

New tests were added for the new functionality.
** Add GNU Guix workflows for GitHub CI
Now Guile-SSH has GNU Guix workflows for GitHub CI.

- x86_64-linux-gnu
- aarch64-linux-gnu

Thanks to Sharlatan Hellseher <>
** Fix typos in the documentation
Some typos in =doc/api-popen.texi= are fixed, thanks to
Maxim Cournoyer <>
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Many thanks to all the people who helped me with bug reports, pull
requests and other hints.  I added all contributors to "AUTHORS" and
"THANKS" files -- please let me know if I forgot to thank someone or
if there any typos.

- Artyom


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