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Generate SSH key (identity)

To generate SSH key you have to do following:

1. Install any SSH client (if absent).

2. Show existing keys:

ls -la ~/.ssh

It can be empty.

3. Generate key itself:

ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096 -C "your@email.com"

You’ll be prompted to enter the path to store the key. Also, you can enter a passphrase. But it can be empty in some cases.

4. Check for new key:

ls -la ~/.ssh

You’ll see something like:

-rw-r–r– 1 dtv 197121 1679 jun 11 2016 id_rsa
-rw-r–r– 1 dtv 197121 400 jun 11 2016 id_rsa.pub

5. Run SSH agent to add new key:

eval "$(ssh-agent -s)"

6. Add SSH key:

ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa

Thanx to https://help.github.com/articles/generating-an-ssh-key/

Multiple SSH keys configuration

If you are using, for example GIT, it may be needed to use different ssh keys for different servers. By default git client uses “~/.ssh/id_rsa” private key.
And you’ll get the error like:

Permission denied (publickey).
fatal: Could not read from remote repository.
Please make sure you have the correct access rights
and the repository exists.

If you want to use another ssh key, you should load it before with ssh-add command each time.

To avoid the issue you can specify the ssh key for certain server.
Just create (or update) file “~/.ssh/config” with content:

Host  someserver.com
  HostName                  someserver.com
  Port                      22
  PreferredAuthentications  publickey
  IdentityFile              "C:\Users\user42\.ssh\private-ssh-key-file"

Thanx to
and https://gist.github.com/jexchan/2351996