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What password should I use for a newly created ssh public key?

I have been trying to create an ssh key for my droplet. I have followed the Digital Ocean documentation on it and I can’t seem to get it to work.

I run the following commands from the documentation however when it asks me for the password in the final step I don’t know what to use as a password?

I have used my root password and it does not work.

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This question was answered by @gparent:

It looks like you didn’t properly authenticate with the key, so it’s falling back to password authentification. You’ll want to review authentification logs and verify the SSH key has been correctly added to authorized_keys, and that your client is sending it.

You can see the comment here.