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Password less SSH Login Ubuntu 12.04 Server

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I am wishing to run rsync from a cron job, but this rrthis this fails as rsync is configured to use the SSH shell, and SSH, even though I have setup keys (ssh-keygen) with empty passprases, still wants an ENTER KEY to proceed. I don't know how to make cron submit a blank ENTER. But, according to posts I find, SSH should work without  a password, including NUL ENTER.
This is my script:
#! /bin/sh
Sudo rsync -e ssh -azv /home/rrider/testfiles
rrider@greece:/home/rrider/backup
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by:savone
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Can you post an example of you trying to ssh into the greece system?  If SSH keys are setup with blank passphrase you should be dropped right into the new system without having to hit enter.
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Do you need the sudo?  This means that you must pass *root*s public key.  Does root's key have a blank line as the key?

Assuming that the original user can read the files in /home/rrider/testfiles, as long as that user's public key has been passed to the rrider user on the greece host, they will be able to write files.

If you still do need to enter a blank key, you wouldn't do it in crontab, you'd do it in the script you show.  For example:

expect 'spawn sudi rsync -e ssh -azv /home/rrider/testfiles rrider@greece:/home/rrider/backup
expect "ENTER KEY"
send "\r"
expect EOF'
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by:RayRider
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This system sucks!!

I spent 15 minutes trying to explain how I fixed my problem, giving thanks to the help, selected two expects to split the points. I was in "preview" mode. when I selected the points, my comments were gone!! This is not the first time this has happened. I have to remember to DO NOT SELECT EXPERTS AND POINTS WHILE I AM PREVIEWING MY COMMENT.

Okay, the vent is over:

Briefly, I will recap once again. I had to regenerate my keys under my username. I found another ssh command: ssh-copy-id which took care of automatically updating the "authorized_keys" file on the remote host. I was doing that manually with rcp and then cat the public key into authorized_keys file. Somehow, I had it all screwed up with wrong users, etc. Also, I deleted the crontab entry which was created under 'root'. I created the crontab entry using my id, took out the sudo in the script. Now, everything works great.

Thanks to Simon for the best help as he got me off 'root'. Sorry for the lack of experience. I have been away for almost a year. I forgot how "picky" this it. Also, thanks for the EXPECT script ideas. I will look into that for future use.

Thanks,
RayRider
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