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Creating new droplet with SSH keys didn't work

  • Posted February 8, 2015

I followed this guide to the letter:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-use-ssh-keys-with-digitalocean-droplets

However after creating the droplet (Step 5) I tried to log into my server but got this:

forrester@:~$ ssh root@****** Agent admitted failure to sign using the key. root@***********'s password: Permission denied, please try again

I tried my SSH key passphrase as the password but as you can see it didn’t work. Seeing as I opted into the SSH key I never got an email with a password. How can I fix this?

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Soluction in terminal for error

Permission denied (publickey,gssapi-keyex,gssapi-with-mic,password).

ssh-keygen -f " ~/.ssh/known_hosts" -R xx.xx.xxx.xxx

xx - ip host

http://pastebin.com/YpqGSJ2E

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Running ssh -vv root@******** will give you more verbose error output. That might help figure out the issue here. If you created the SSH key in a non-standard location, remember to pass the path to the key: ssh -i /path/to/id_rsa root@********


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I just figured out the answer and it worked for me, if you are on linux anyway. You have to open a term up and do “ssh-add /path/to/id__rsa” and thats it. Then try to reconnect. My username is hjones so I would type “ssh-add /home/hjones/.ssh/id__rsa”.

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