I was following along on http://www.uwsg.iu.edu/security/rsync.html
to setup a user to use with rysync for some files (not mirroing user files like this website is attempting to do, but rather mirror simple data files from a user account to the same user account on another machine... basic stuff, ya know?)... but ran into a problem.
No matter what I try, whenever I attempt to just plainly "ssh destination.domain" (even while being logged in as the user in question), it still continues to ask for the password.
Stuck on the step where you test to see if the key is working... well it aint
Basically, the ssh-keygen process is supposed to make a key (identity.pub) you copy/put on the destination machine (authorized_keys), so that when you ssh from one machine to the destination, it logs you in without asking for a password.
This is VERY critical when setting up something like rsync to run without human intervention of typing in a password. Unfortunately it is not working and am baffled why? I followed those directions... they arnt difficult... its really basically straightforward. Its just the server is deciding not to do what its supposed to based on docs (even the MAN pages for ssh, and ssh-keygen say pretty much the exact same thing this howto page does).
Crazy. How can something so simple, just not work?
Server Source: RH7.3 SSH OpenSSH_3.1p1, SSH protocols 1.5/2.0
Destination: YDL2.1 SSH OpenSSH_2.9.9p2, SSH protocols 1.5/2.0
Both of which understand rsa1 key files, and generated the same type of things and have the same types of programs. So that shouldn't be an issue.
Anyone have any ideas? This is a tricky one... I've tried many things (spent the last 5 hours just trying to get this tiny thing to work OMG!).