How To Set Up Automatic Deployment with Git with a VPS

Posted March 11, 2020 3.6k views
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As I was following through the tutorial on the same topic (, I successfully established a git repo at the vps, I even added remote live by git remote add live ssh:// I already have local git setup I regularly use git with my team.

But when I used the command git push live vps
The following happened

The authenticity of host ' (1xx.yy.www.zz3)' can't be established.
ECDSA key fingerprint is SHA256:yXzYFN698CZQgNHzb8jg4CQCIJBhzD34AFebkZ0/63Q.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes

Warning: Permanently added ',1xx.yy.www.zz3' (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts. Permission denied (publickey).
fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

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

I was kind of expecting it to come since there is no step I can see where I may put my private ssh key. Please note that I am using putty with ssh key to communicate with my server and using windows cmd to issue git commands
git remote add live ssh://
git push live vps

from my local system.

Please let me know where I am missing something.

edited by MattIPv4

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Just came across this question. You would need to add your public SSH key to the /home/myuser/.ssh/authorized_keys file.

Also, you need to make sure that the authorized_keys file has 600 permissions:

chmod 600 /home/myuser/.ssh/authorized_keys
chmod 700 /home/myuser/.ssh

And then if this is still happening, then you could try adding the -vvv flag when trying to connect via SSH.

This will give you some extra information on why the connection is failing.