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Old 03-26-2020, 12:50 AM   #1
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Gnome and KDE "passwords and keys" tool can't import SSH key


I created a passphrase-protected SSH key as follows:
Code:
ssh-keygen -f mykey
On the command line, I copied the key to the SSH server, added it to ssh-agent and can now use it to access the server without having to enter the passphrase. All is good.

I thought I'd try the same with Gnome's keyring manager named Passwords and Keys. It has an import feature.

File->Import->Select mykey.pub opens a window with an error message:
Code:
Could not display "student@debuefi"
Reason: Cannot display a file of this type
student@debuefi is the identity of this key. I tried the KDE environment of the same machine. The tool is the same as on Gnome, and it issues the same error message.

I tried to grep the error message in /var/log and the systemd journal, but got no result. An internet search doesn't bring back anything either.

Where should I look for clues?
 
Old 03-27-2020, 10:52 AM   #2
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The file "mykey" is your private key which should never leave your machine. The file "mykey.pub" is the corresponding public key which is the one you would install in authorized_keys on other machines using ssh-copy-id. Since it is not secret, there is no reason to import it in the keyring manager.
 
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Old 03-27-2020, 11:08 PM   #3
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Since it is not secret, there is no reason to import it in the keyring manager.
Well, when I use GPG, I find other people's/company's keys in the keyring, but also my own.

But I really wanted add mykey to the ssh-agent via the GUI (I guess I asked an xy-question) and am scratching my head how to do that.

Perhaps this only works with keys that I also generate in the GUI.
 
  


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