error: waitpid for C:\Program Files (x86)\PuTTY\plink.exe failed: No child processes

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I am trying to connect to a Codecommit server. I get the error below. Connection is from a Windows server. I do not get the error when I try will other similar machines. This was working fine at the start but developed this issue unexpectedly.

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  • C:\chalaka>git clone -b development ssh://***************
    Cloning into 'AgileReady'...
    remote: Counting objects: 332, done.
    Receiving objects: 100% (332/332), 1.77 MiB | 0 bytes/s, done.
    Resolving deltas: 100% (84/84), done.
    error: waitpid for C:\Program Files (x86)\PuTTY\plink.exe failed: No child processes

    Checking connectivity… done.

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  • 2 Solutions collect form web for “error: waitpid for C:\Program Files (x86)\PuTTY\plink.exe failed: No child processes”

    I believe this is caused by process ACL restrictions which were added to development snapshots of Plink as of 2016-04-03.

    These have been removed from newer development snapshots as of 2017-01-30 (and were not included in any release version of Plink), so you should find that the problem goes away if you switch to a version newer than that.

    Full details of the issue are at

    I have the same conditions as in this bug report, and in it they say that this occurs for developmental versions of the PuTTY package. I haven’t tested it, but seeing as I have no troubles with my other machine which uses a stable release, I’d have a guess that the developmental release is causing this error. They also note that the pushes and pulls are still doing everything correctly, just returning a non-successful exit.

    Also, to note, I’ve had to manually add the environment variable

    GIT_SSH=C:\Program Files\PuTTY\plink.exe

    in Control Panel > System > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Environment Variables… (yes, the 64-bit developmental version of PuTTY)

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