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I'm struggling with the concept of SSH Agent Forwarding.
This is what I've done so far:

  1. Create default identity local (ssh-keygen)
  2. Install the public key on bitbucket

Now I want to connect to a server like ssh myserver@myserver.be .

Then I would normally create a key on the server with ssh-keygen and again, copy the public key and add it to my bitbucket SSH keys. after that I can clone my SSH repository and pull/push to the bitbucket repository. But that is not the way to do it.

How can I make sure I don't have to create a key on my server? I've read many tutorials like this but I'm still struggling with the ssh agent forwarding.


I've tried to do this tutorial but I'm already stuck at step 1. They say you need to add the following text to your config file (located at ~/.ssh/config):

Host example.com
 ForwardAgent yes

My config file looks like this before the first step:

Host bitbucket.org
 IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa

After the step it looks like this:

Host bitbucket.org
 IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa

Host mysite.be
 ForwardAgent yes

To try if it works you need to execute the following command on your server:

ssh -T git@bitbucket.org

Tried this but I'm getting the error Permission denied (publickey). on my server.

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Did you follow this tutorial ? –  groxxda Jul 11 '14 at 13:38
I've tried to do the tutorial but I'm already stuck at the first step. Updated my topic with my results... –  nielsv Jul 15 '14 at 9:49

1 Answer 1

Think you might be missing the [User] as in...

Host mysite.be
    User your_user_name_here
    ForwardAgent yes

Then in your console do...

$ ssh mysite.be

Doing it this way, the SSH client on your local machine will forward credentials for the remote user [your_user_name_here] to the remote server mysite.be when the latter is challenged by Bitbucket. Also ssh-agent is launched automatically on the remote.

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