I have git successfully installed on one of our Red Hat Linux 5 WS servers, and am using it on our Intranet, not outside our firewall.

Currently, I am prompted for a password when I connect, so what steps do I need to take to make sure the server has the correct keys to avoid prompting for a password? I believe this is an issue of making sure the public keys are present. I'm just not sure how to set that up.


Make a keypair, and then copy the public key to the server:


ssh-keygen -t dsa
ssh-copy-id -i ~/.ssh/id_dsa user@remotehost
  • ssh-copy-id on RHEL 5? – Peter Aug 21 '12 at 19:14
  • @Peter Do you have a question? – Michael Hampton Aug 21 '12 at 19:19
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    Still being prompted for password after logging out and back in. – octopusgrabbus Aug 21 '12 at 19:50

OK, it's easy. A is the client, B is the target machine. You login on A with your credentials. You generate the ssh key (if you do have it, ignore that step):

ssh-keygen -t dsa

Defaults are OK. You know have a file ~/.ssh/id_dsa and a ~/.ssh/id_dsa.pub Login on B and execute the commands:

mkdir ~/.ssh
chmod 700 ~/.ssh

Go on A again and scp the key file:

scp ~/.ssh/id_dsa.pub <username_b>@B:~/.ssh/authorized_keys

where is the username of B. Go on B and execute the command:

chmod 600 ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

Now, you should be OK.


Check the /etc/ssh/sshd_config file that the option

PubkeyAuthentication yes is set.

Also, I forgot to answer if you try with the root account. In that case, you need to setup the option PermitRootLogin as

PermitRootLogin without-password

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