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cannot rsh linux using public key

Posted on 2012-04-04
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I have 2 linux computers. I am trying to rsh from one to the other w/o passwords. I've done this successfully before, but I can't figure out what's wrong this time. On computer A, logged in as user ohprs', I ran ssh-keygen which created ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub. Permisions:

ls -l .ssh/id_rsa.pub
-rw-r--r-- 1 ohprs ohprs 394 Apr  4 20:37 .ssh/id_rsa.pub

I copied the contents of that id_rsa.pub file. Then, on computer B, I logged in as user 'ohprs' and pasted the aforementioned copy to the file ~/.ssh/authorized_keys. Permissions:

ls -l .ssh/authorized_keys
-rw-r--r-- 1 ohprs ohprs 394 2012-04-04 20:39 .ssh/authorized_keys

I thought this would be sufficient to ssh w/o supplying a password, but it still prompts me for a password when trying to ssh from machine A to machine B.
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I'm assuming you mean ssh instead of rsh?  Did you enter a passphrase during key pair generation?  Instead of copy/pasting your public key, scp it between machines then cat the file into ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

Remove any existing authorized_keys entries that you added for that user prior to redoing this process.
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by:jmarkfoley
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sorry, yes I did mean ssh.

I fixed it. Apparently, in all the times machine A was prompting me for a password I never actually tried to enter one. When I tried following your instructions to scp none of my password attempts worked. It turns out that I never set a password on that account. When I did so, my ssh worked just fine!
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