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Set up SSH Keys



There are two machines A and B. The idea is to login (via ssh) from A to B without typing the password that machine B would normally ask for. A is called the client and B is called the server.

A single command on the client A does this (replace SERVERB by the correct machine name or IP address of server B ):

ssh-keygen -t dsa -f ~/.ssh/identity && cat  ~/.ssh/identity.pub | ssh SERVERB 'sh -c "cat -  >>~/.ssh/authorized_keys2 && chmod 600  ~/.ssh/authorized_keys2"'

Press enter twice. Then it will ask you for password when u run this command but this will be the last time it will ask. After this, you can jump to step 4 below.

Generate your public and private keys on client A, by running:

ssh-keygen -t dsa -f ~/.ssh/mykey

Just hit enter twice for the passphrase query.

Next, copy your public key on client A to Server B. Run the command:

cat ~/.ssh/mykey.pub | ssh SERVERB 'sh -c "cat -  >>~/.ssh/authorized_keys && chmod 600  ~/.ssh/authorized_keys"'

It will ask you for your password. Don't worry, this is the last time you will have to type it in.

This puts your public key on server B, in a special file that holds trusted public keys, and gives it appropriate permissions so that its readable by you only.

Move your private key to a file ssh looks for by default and make it secret by running this on client A:

mv ~/.ssh/mykey ~/.ssh/identity && chmod 600 ~/.ssh/identity

Since this file is like your password, it must be readable by you only.

You are all set. Now run:


And server B should let you login without password.

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