Migrate ssh keys for new computer
May 30, 2014
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I need to use a set of ssh keys on a new machine. In general, it is probably best to generate new keys instead of copying old keys, but this is a temporary solution for now.
So, given that disclaimer, I copied the
~/.ssh folder from the
old machine into a temp folder on the new machine. This avoids
copying over anything in the new machine's
~/.ssh folder. Copy
keyname.pub files to
Also, copy the
~/.ssh/config (if you have
one). Finally, the new computer needs to add the keys. Do this with command
for each key:
$ ssh-add keyname
You will be prompted for the password for the key (if any). Now, try the keys out. You should be able to ssh to all of the machines covered by the added key(s).
There can be a variety problems with the above process. The above worked for me without modification. However, I think that file ownership and permissions can be problematic. One solution for ssh permissions problems is available just in case.