I had git working before on /var/html/projectfolder and realized it was a security risk so I made a new folder /projects from the root folder and tried to replicate what I did and now it doesnt work.

Here is the backlog of what I did for my local machine and EC2 - server

Server-EC2 1.I added my public key to the authorized_user file in ~/.ssh folder 2.Create a bare repository

git init --bare

3.Change folder permissions to

sudo chgrp -R ec2-user *
sudo chmod -R g+ws *

Local Machine

  1. create a local repository with git init
  2. touch, add, commit readme file
  3. pointed origin master to ec2 via

    git remote add origin ssh://ec2-user@remote-ip/path/to/folder

This is my output:

Permission Denied (publickey)
fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly

2 Answers 2


The easiest way to see what going on is to do a

 ssh -Tvvv  ssh://ec2-user@remote-ip/path/to/folder

Everything matter: the exact case of the path, or the user exact name.
But also the permission of the ~/.ssh directory (in which case, have a look at the sshd logs on the server, when you are doing your ssh command from the client, which might not be possible here for an amazon-ec2 server).

See also for illustration "Creating SSH keys for Gerrit and Hudson".

  • I get this debug2: we sent a publickey packet, wait for reply debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey debug1: Trying private key: /home/tam/.ssh/id_rsa debug3: no such identity: /home/tam/.ssh/id_rsa debug1: Trying private key: /home/tam/.ssh/id_dsa debug3: no such identity: /home/tam/.ssh/id_dsa debug1: Trying private key: /home/tam/.ssh/id_ecdsa debug3: no such identity: /home/tam/.ssh/id_ecdsa debug2: we did not send a packet, disable method debug1: No more authentication methods to try. Permission denied (publickey).
    – MrNart
    Sep 2, 2012 at 18:16
  • @MrNart are you sure you did copy the content of the public id_rsa.pub key correctly to the ~/.ssh/authorized_keys on the server: the usual issue is copying it in multiple lines instead of one line.
    – VonC
    Sep 2, 2012 at 18:18
  • VonC, I had git working on a diff folder /var/www/html/project but I realized that the folder was a security risk so I deleted the folder. I then made a new folder with a /projects/ path from home and now its not working when I try to push.
    – MrNart
    Sep 2, 2012 at 18:19
  • @MrNart make also sure every parent directory up to your ~/.ssh is not writable for group ----w---- or others -------w-. Otherwise, are you talking about the folder on the server side? In which case, it could be a path (case) issue.
    – VonC
    Sep 2, 2012 at 18:23
  • I followed and made sure of what you said also it is server side and I've made sure the case is correct.
    – MrNart
    Sep 2, 2012 at 18:27

ok so with a little bit of tinkering around, I just instead of pushing I just did a clone of the repository..after I cloned the bare repository and pulled..it seemed to work. Thanks again for the help guys.

  • What is the remote address you ended up getting after your clone? What 'git remote -v' shows in your local clone?
    – VonC
    Sep 2, 2012 at 20:40

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