ssh-askpass on OSX 10.5

I’ve been playing with NetBeans 6.7M3 and the latest Mercurial plugin and found that I couldn’t push to a remote repository via ssh. All netbeans would return was:

Mercurial Push
INFO Pushing To: ssh:// ...
ERROR Command failed:
Command: [/usr/local/bin/hg, outgoing, -v, --template=rev:{rev}\nauth:{author}\ndesc:{desc}\ndate:{date|hgdate}\nid:{node|short}\n\nendCS:\n, --repository, /Users/peter/dev/gameaccount/maven/ga4Partner, ssh://]
Output: [running ssh “hg -R hg/ga4Partner serve --stdio”, remote: ssh_askpass: exec(/usr/libexec/ssh-askpass): No such file or directory, remote: Host key verification failed., abort: no suitable response from remote hg!]
INFO: End of Mercurial Push

Here the remote server is trying to prompt for the login password but fails because OSX 10.5 does not have the ssk-askpass command.

After some searching on the net (ok Google who else) I found Mercurial Push from IntelliJ where someone had a similar position with IntelliJ. By creating the following script mercurial in NB6.7M3 works flawlessly:

sabrina:~ peter$ sudo vi /usr/libexec/ssh-askpass
#! /bin/sh  
# An SSH_ASKPASS command for MacOS X  
# Author: Joseph Mocker, Sun Microsystems  
# To use this script:  
#     setenv SSH_ASKPASS "macos-askpass"  
#     setenv DISPLAY ":0"  
DIALOG="display dialog \"$@\" default answer \"\" with title \"$TITLE\""  
DIALOG="$DIALOG with icon caution with hidden answer"  
result=`osascript -e 'tell application "Finder"' -e "activate"  -e "$DIALOG" -e 'end tell'`  
if [ "$result" = "" ]; then  
    exit 1  
    echo "$result" | sed -e 's/^text returned://' -e 's/, button returned:.*$//'  
    exit 0  

sabrina:~ peter$ sudo chmod +x /usr/libexec/ssh-askpass