Using SSH Config

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If you use SSH on Linux a lot, you will know that having to specify the key each time you want to access a server is a pain. You really don’t want to have a single key for all servers as you would need to revoke it globally in the event that it was compromised. The ssh config file allows you to specify multiple values to use for specific hosts:

To edit the ssh config, open it in vim (or your favourite editor):

vi ~/.ssh/config

Add the following to it:

Host {personalaccount}
IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa
IdentitiesOnly yes
User {personaluser}

Host {companyaccount}
IdentityFile ~/.ssh/{companyaccount}_rsa
IdentitiesOnly yes
User {mycompanyuser}

This will allow you to use different keys depending on if you are accessing the server using your personal or company user. This becomes very useful when dealing with multiple repositories hosted on the same service.

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