I am on FreeBSD. Essentially, I am trying to have a php script (run by apache) ssh into another machine. I am running into the problem that nobody does not have a .ssh configuration file and so am getting the error:
Could not create directory '/nonexistent/.ssh'. Host key verification failed.
Is there a way to work around this? Bonus points if you can do this without root access so I do not need to pay my web hosting company to do this.