can't ssh passwordless – get another user

Tiffany Walker asked:

server 1 which dials into server 2

ssh-keygen -t dsa -b 1024 (no password)
scp [email protected]:/home/user/.ssh


[~/.ssh]# cat >> ./authorized_keys

But when I do ssh [email protected] I get:

[email protected]'s password:


server1: ssh-keygen -t dsa -b 1024 (no password)
server1: ssh-copy-id -i ~/.ssh/id_dsa [email protected]
server1: ssh [email protected] -- get promoted for a password

How do I get the correct user used so I can login with no password?

My answer:

The permissions on the .ssh directory and/or the files within it are wrong on the remote server.

You can fix these manually yourself, or just use the ssh-copy-id utility to copy your public keys over to the server. This will also fix any broken permissions of this type.

ssh-copy-id -i ~/.ssh/id_dsa [email protected]

If you still have trouble, you need to look at sshd debug logs on the server.

View the full question and any other answers on Server Fault.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.