ssh-keygen between SuSE and FreeBSD

Paul Schmehl pschmehl_lists at
Thu Aug 14 02:42:18 UTC 2008

--On August 13, 2008 5:35:29 PM -0700 Gavin Spomer <spomerg at cwu.EDU> wrote:

> I hope this isn't an invalid topic for this list. I'm on so many lists
> and I hate to join another one just to get help on one thing. Apologies
> if it's not.
> I am able to use ssh-keygen to generate keys so that I can ssh from my
> Mac to any of my SuSE systems or ssh from my Mac to any of my FreeBSD
> systems, without having to enter my password. When I try the same thing
> from a SuSE system to a FreeBSD system, (I.E. I run "ssh-keygen -t rsa"
> on the SuSE system, then copy the to my
> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys file on the FreeBSD system) I get the following
> message when ssh-ing to the FreeBSD system:
>    Enter passphrase for key '/home/myusername/.ssh/id_rsa':
> ... and I have to enter my password. I've Googled, but can't seem to
> find the answer to my dilemma. Is it generally kind of a pain to do this
> between platforms? I'm finally very comfortable on FreeBSD and am
> starting to really get annoyed with SuSE. :(

Just to be're saying that your key pass*phrase* doesn't work 
and you have to type your pass*word* in instead?  Or did you make all your 
previous keys passphrase-less and add a passphrase to this one?

Paul Schmehl, If it isn't already
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and not those of my employer.
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