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Posted on 2014-01-18
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(Ubuntu 11.04)
I'm following this guide:
https://help.github.com/articles/generating-ssh-keys

I get to the bit in the article where it says:
Your identification has been saved in /c/Users/you/.ssh/id_rsa.
# Your public key has been saved in /c/Users/you/.ssh/id_rsa.pub.
# The key fingerprint is:
# 01:0f:f4:3b:ca:85:d6:17:a1:7d:f0:68:9d:f0:a2:db your_email@example.com

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I run the command and get that output, (except I'm logged in as 'root'), but when I try the next line:
clip < ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub, its says the file doesn't exist. It is there (with ls) but when I nano it, it appears to be empty??
I'm so crap with Linux I'm not sure if I'm looking at the one i just created though...
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by:Dan Craciun
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c:\users\you\.ssh\id_rsa is a Windows path.

~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub is a linux path. Usually it means /home/you/.ssh/id_rsa.pub

You'll have to decide on what system you're working on.

HTH,
Dan
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by:Silas2
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I'm struggling with one of each at both ends....
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by:Silas2
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This is the command I ran:
root@mail:~# cd ~/.ssh
root@mail:~/.ssh# ls
known_hosts
root@mail:~/.ssh# ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "myemail@hotmail.com"

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It seemed to run ok and some extra files appeared in the ~/.ssh folder:
 ssh-add id_rsa  ssh-add id_rsa.pub
But they all seem to be empty, am I missing something?
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by:Patricksr1972
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*edit*

You generate the keys on windows or on Linux? i see two sets of requests on 2 different machines.

Which machine is going to generate the keys?
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by:Silas2
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that's on the Ubuntu box...
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by:Silas2
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Sorry to ask a stoopid question but if, as ssh supports the public/private key encryption by default, what is the big advantage of creating these symmetric private keys?
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ssh supports encryption through the use of a certificate pair.
basicly the server you want to ssh to needs to hold the private key.

So if you need two sets of keys i assume you want to ssh in the the ubuntu box from windows and vice versa... if not then you do not need 2 sets
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by:Silas2
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hmm, that's true, I'm trying to setup git hub at an Ubuntu box I've got at Rackspace, the linux box is really only for pushing to, and pulling from, not from working on, so I guess I don't need the symmetric keys, that would be right then would it?
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Yes thats right
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