EGit/New and Noteworthy/5.4
EGit 5.4.0 can now handle encrypted new-style OpenSSH private keys, for instance password-protected ed25519 keys, when the "Apache MINA sshd" SSH client is used. (There's a preference setting in the main EGit preference page under Preferences→Team→Git to choose between "Apache MINA sshd" (default) and the older "JSch" library.)
- On Java versions older than 8u161, you may need to download and install the "JCE Unlimited Strength Jurisdiction Policy Files" for this to work. OpenSSH uses the AES encryption with 256bit keys, which is available in older Java only with this extension. On newer Java versions, "unlimited strength" encryption is enabled by default, so you need not do anything.
We plan to remove the old JSch SSH implementation completely in a future release of EGit.
Filtering Content from the Git Repositories View
The Git Repositories view can now be configured to show less nodes.
In the view menu of the Git Repositories view, choose the "Filters and Customization..." entry. This will open a dialog where you can choose which information should be suppressed:
Checked node types will not be shown in the Git Repositories view. Note that the top repositories nodes and the local branches node cannot be hidden.
Checking out Files from a Commit
In the Git History view there is a new command in the context menu on the file list to check out the selected file versions from that commit. This can be useful to revert individual files to an earlier state, or to a state on another branch.
This command is also available in the Commit Viewer (also for stashes), and in the outline view of the Commit Viewer's unified diff page. The check-out skips files deleted in that commit and submodules contained in the selection. If the check-out would overwrite uncommitted changes, such as when a file to be checked out is modified in the workspace, the user is asked to confirm overwriting.
EGit 5.4.0 includes lots of less noticeable improvements in the UI, plus a number of bug fixes. The complete list of new features and bug fixes is available in the release notes.
The following 8 developers worked on this release:
Alexander Nittka, Andrey Loskutov, Carsten Hammer, George Gastaldi, Matthias Sohn, Michael Keppler, Peter Severin, Thomas Wolf
See also the new features in JGit for additional information.