I notice my local ~/.ssh/known_hosts file has two entries for the same machine on the local LAN:

 somemachine, ssh-rsa KEY...
 somemachine.search.domain ssh-rsa KEY...

It's the same key, the second one doesn't have the IP though. Is this just a result of having a search domain and so the known_hosts file must contain the "duplicate" key?

SSH won't detect it is visiting the same machine regardless of the hostname you attempt to connect with? 'SSH' does not request to create a new known_host so could I change the known_host to:

 somemachine,somemachine.search.domain, ssh-rsa KEY...



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It is because you must have used ssh somemachine and ssh somemachine.search.domain in the past, which creates 2 different entries. In ubuntu this is how my entries were created, in any case.

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    Right, but does it have to be that way? Updated question
    – xref
    Mar 27, 2012 at 16:20
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    yes, you can list all of them in one line. Or you can used somemachine*, if you don't the same hostname in multiple domains.
    – johnshen64
    Mar 27, 2012 at 16:33

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