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Droplet Console - Paste Text is Inverting Case

I’m running Discourse, in case it matters.

When I paste text into the console window, it shows as “s3” instead of “S3” and it’s making it impossible to paste in API keys.

Any idea how to solve this?


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alexdo
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June 30, 2023

Hello @digitaldave

I’ll highly recommend using a ssh-client when it comes to performing tasks, developing your app and for the general droplet operations.

The recovery console is intended as a last resort option for regaining access to your droplet when normal ssh-clients will be unable to connect.

Hope that this helps!

KFSys
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June 29, 2023

Hey @digitaldave,

The Copy/Paste functionality of our web console is a bit odd; the code backing it is custom due to the way the VNC window is implemented for accessing your Droplet. It isn’t a good idea, in my experience, to rely on the console for long copy/pasting like API Keys.

My recommended method to get the key on the Droplet is over SSH itself. You can refer to the below articles:

https://docs.digitalocean.com/products/droplets/how-to/connect-with-ssh/ https://docs.digitalocean.com/products/droplets/how-to/connect-with-ssh/openssh/ https://docs.digitalocean.com/products/droplets/how-to/connect-with-ssh/putty/

You can enable PasswordAuthentication for your Droplet by modifying your /etc/ssh/sshd_config file. Once set to Yes restart the SSH service and connect via an SSH client for a more stable connection. You can then modify your ~/.ssh/authorized_keys file to add the appropriate public key.

This should do the job for you as well.

The other option is to temporarily enable the PasswordAuthentication from no to yes in order to access your droplet using password and then once you’ve entered your key to disable the PasswordAuthentication again. This way is considered more secure than uploading the key to a Dropbox in case you don’t have any other server to us.

  1. Log in to the console on the DigitalOcean website.
  2. Type sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config
  3. Change PasswordAuthentication from “no” to “yes” and save the file
  4. Open a terminal on your computer and type ssh username@[hostname or IP address] or if on a Windows box use PuTTY for password login making sure authentication parameters aren’t pointing to a private key
  5. Login with a password
  6. Type sudo nano ~/.ssh/authorized_keys
  7. Paste public key text here and save the file
  8. Type sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config
  9. Change PasswordAuthentication from “yes” to “no” and save the file
  10. Log out and attempt to log back in (if using PuTTY make sure you set up auth parameters to point to your private key)

Hope that this helps!

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