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HOWTO: Automate ssh logins to remote machines

Here is a simple shell script to copy your ssh authorization key to a remote machine so that you can run ssh and scp without having to repeatedly login.

#!/bin/sh
# save in file ssh_copykeyto.sh then chmod +x ssh_copykeyto.sh
KEY="$HOME/.ssh/id_rsa.pub"
if [ ! -f ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub ];then
echo "private key not found at $KEY"
echo "create it with "ssh-keygen -t rsa" before running this script
exit
fi
if [ -z $1 ];then
echo "Bad args: specify user@host as the first argument to this script"
exit
fi
echo "Copying ssh authorization key to $1... "
KEYCODE=`cat $KEY`
ssh -q $1 "mkdir ~/.ssh 2>/dev/null; chmod 700 ~/.ssh; echo "$KEYCODE" >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys; \ chmod 644 ~/.ssh/authorized_keys"
echo "done!"
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