Recently, after 3 years of prodding, begging and asking I was assigned a Macbook Pro at work. Normally, when I work at a company, they hand developers a useful computer, not this client. This client I work for, gave me a Brand New To Me Dell Laptop on my first day. Welp, warm welcome. They didn’t care it took almost a month to setup the machine. Welp, 3 years of nagging has shown me that finally good things come to those who are persistent enough.
Now, with the new Macbook, I can do fancy things like have SSH configurations for the hours I spent connected to and working on remote servers.
The trouble is, using SSH in the past has always been: remember the user name, password and IP address; then log in, spend a few minutes fiddling with the password and finally get in. Welp, not any more.
Enter SSH config
~/.ssh/config you can set custom ssh config. So instead of using
ssh firstname.lastname@example.org you can do something like
ssh az_demo_app, which will connect you to the remote, passwordless (using a key file). This has totally changed my productivity. AMAZING.
Example SSH config:
Host az_demo_app User adambourg HostName 188.8.131.52 Port 22 IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_ed25519
Here’s the problem, since rediscovering this nifty tool, I’ve been using
ssh-copy-id to copy up my SSH keys. The trouble is when I log in, some systems will still prompt for a password. If that’s happening to you, I’m here to help you.
SSH into the remote machine, then
cd ~/.ssh/. Then do a
ls -al, if you see anything other then
~/.ssh/authorized_keys then thats the problem. SSH wants authorized keys to only be readable by YOU, on that remote system. It’s an easy fix, though, run
chmod 700 ~/.ssh/authorized_keys. This command will set it to read, write and execute for just you. This is what the SSH tool is expecting. Now logout and try again. This should work.