Okay, so I'm trying to setup a login for logging in with ssh, using a public key.
First, I am using puttygen to generate a rsa-ssh2 public key using a passphrase. I followed the directions and generated the key. I saved the private key in its own file for putty and puttygen also generated the public key.
In putty I set it up to use the private key file and use rsa-ssh2 etc...
So I c/p'd my houtput ssh2 public key stuff from puttygen and on the server, I put that into
So I tried to then login through putty and first it prompted me for my username instead of asking for passphrase, and then when I entered it in (I tried both username and passphrase) it said my public key was invalid.
I thought maybe I somehow c/p'd or formatted the info into authorized_keys wrong, so I went back and double checked. I made sure it was all on one line, properly spaced etc...
I also checked in the following file
/etc/ssh/ssh_config and I have the following:
I tried renaming my authorized_keys file to id_rsa and no joy.
I tried changing that line in ssh_config to
...and no joy.
I went back to thinking maybe my public key was malformed or that putty wasn't configured properly so I asked a friend to make a temp account for me on his server and add my public key and I was able to login through putty just fine...when I connected to his server, it prompted me for the passphrase for my key and logged me in just fine.
So he suggested I look at that stuff above but no joy and he doesn't know what else to check soo...I guess I'm appealing to the experts here :P