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I have followed the tutorial

But I cannot get it to work I keep getting the following message

git push production master Permission denied (publickey). fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

Please make sure you have the correct access rights and the repository exists.

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May 5, 2023
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Hello @squarenet

It seems you’re experiencing issues with git push and receiving a Permission denied (publickey) error message. This issue is generally due to the server not recognizing your SSH key.

To resolve this issue, please follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you have the correct SSH key in the ~/.ssh/ file on your local machine.
  2. Check if your public SSH key is in the ~/.ssh/authorized_keys file on your server, and if it’s not, add it to the file (you can use ssh-copy-id command to do that).
  3. Ensure that the file permissions for the ~/.ssh directory (700) and ~/.ssh/authorized_keys file (600) are correct on the server.

For more information on working with SSH keys, check out this DigitalOcean guide on Adding SSH Keys.

Hope that this helps!

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May 4, 2023


From the error provided, it seems like your public key doesn’t have access to your github repository.

You’ll need to add your server’s public key to your repository in order for you to be able to access it from the server.

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