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bash: /home/myuser/.ssh/authorized_keys: No such file or directory

21 January,2020 by Rambler

Question: When I type in cat ~/.ssh/authorized_keys   to a RHEL 7 server I get the following message:

cat: /root/.ssh/authorized_keys: No such file or directory

I'm going through the process of setting up a SSH  to create a connection between BART and client Potgresql servers - to backup Postgresql  databases. How can I fix this issue?

Answer:You need to create the ssh directory for the first time and create the authorized keys file. 

  1. Create the .ssh directory. First check if actually already exists

    mkdir ~/.ssh
  2. Set the right permissions for the new .ssh directory. Very important step 

    chmod 700 ~/.ssh
  3. Create the authorized_keys file (where the keys will be added)

    touch ~/.ssh/authorized_keys
  4. Set the right permissions:

    chmod 600 ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

The access to the authorized keys won't work - if the right permissions are not set.

Once you've completed these steps you can add the public keys


Author: Rambler (


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