[CentOS] OpenSSH multiple private key question

Wed Sep 26 18:51:29 UTC 2007
Luciano Rocha <strange at nsk.no-ip.org>

On Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 02:42:51PM -0400, Von Landfried wrote:
>  I am using CentOS 4.5 with OpenSSH_3.9p1 and I am curious if anyone has a 
>  solution for this scenario. I have several pub/priv keys that I use for 
>  various tasks/reasons. My issue is that I want to have 2 private keys stored 
>  in ~/.ssh/ and I am not sure the best way to accomplish that. Currently I am 
>  using ssh-agent, and it works fine for manually performing tasks. I was 
>  curious if there is a simple way to have multiple private keys stored in the 
>  same ~/.ssh/ directory without using ssh-agent? Thanks for reading.

You can name them whatever you want, then add to ~/.ssh/config,
at the end:

host *
identityfile ~/.ssh/key1
identityfile ~/.ssh/key2

You can also restrict by host instead of a global definition, of course.

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