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    Openssh: renaming keys

    am using openSSH on Debian Lenny. For years now I've used ssh key create by using

    ssh-keygen -t rsa

    It offers the default name of id_rsa (which, of course, creates the files id_rsa and

    In the past I've always renamed these keys, e.g., id_rsa-SERVERNAME, but this version doesn't appear to work with renamed keys. I tried non-default keys and could not get them to work. I used ssh -v user-at-server to see what was happening: It appears that ssh looks only for id_rsa ... is it possible to rename the keys? I google, but got some answers about ssh-add that didn't seem to work.

    Thoughts? Is there something I've missed ... this set me back a couple of hours recently ....

  2. #2
    Linux Enthusiast scathefire's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    Western Kentucky
    Are you talking about public-key authentication?

    Perhaps you should try:
    PubkeyAuthentication yes
    AuthorizedKeysFile      .ssh/name-of-your-key
    linux user # 503963

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    Nov 2009
    There are many authentication methods with OpenSSH and your post is not much informative.
    I understand you want to authenticate using private/public key on a remote server, with the ssh client. You want to use a renamed private key other than id_rsa.

    Quoting ssh man pages :

    -i -file ... -identity_file
    Selects a file from which the identity (private key) for RSA or DSA authentication is read. The default is ~/.ssh/identity for protocol version 1, and ~/.ssh/id_rsa and ~/.ssh/id_dsa for protocol version 2. Identity files may also be specified on a per-host basis in the configuration file. It is possible to have multiple -i options (and multiple identities specified in configuration files).
    So you can have much flexibility if you specify the right options in ssh_config.
    0 + 1 = 1 != 2 <> 3 != 4 ...
    Until the camel can pass though the eye of the needle.

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