ssh-keygen between SuSE and FreeBSD

Kevin Oberman oberman at
Thu Aug 14 03:40:52 UTC 2008

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> Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 17:35:29 -0700
> From: Gavin Spomer <spomerg at cwu.EDU>
> Sender: owner-freebsd-stable at
> 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. :(

It's not asking for your password. It's asking for your passphrase to
decrypt your private key. Are you running an ssh-agent on the Suse

If this does not point you in the right direction, try running ssh
-v. This MAY give us an idea of the problem, though the debug data from
the server would be better.

MacOS X uses the FreeBSD user environment, so it should work the same
under FreeBSD as it does on the Mac.
R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer
Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)
Ernest O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
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