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Do you have following file in your home directory?
In order to have a password less login you need to generate your private keys, and update it into remote systems authorized_keys file.
So once check remote system's ~/.ssh/authorized_keys file and remove your entry (+key) and then try to login. It should then ask your to login with your normal login password.
It sounds like you're asking about the (optional) passwd that protects access to a key locally, not the passwd to login remotely to a system (instead of using auth-keys).
For ssh to work, the key must be in the default location; then when you use it, it will ask for the passwd to unlock the key.
Like chrism01 already said for SSH to work the key must be in the default location. You should indicate you followed that advice or not. And wrt password / pass phrase that can still be two things IMO: the users default wallet or the graphical ssh-askpass client.