ssh-keygen between SuSE and FreeBSD

Igor Pokrovsky ip at
Thu Aug 14 15:21:30 UTC 2008

On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 05:35:29PM -0700, Gavin Spomer 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. :(

You can generate keys with empty pass phrase, so it won't be asked ;-)


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