this was a pretty popular howto article i wrote a while ago to my old blog which is now offline. hence i copied it here in case anybody still needs it.
the ssh autologin with putty article is another of these old posts i've rescued
to be able to connect to an other linux box from one box without entering your password all the time do the folowing:
login to the connecting computer as the user who will later connect to the other box. execute
ssh-keygen -t rsa
and accept all defaults. you must leave the passphrase blank as well, otherwhise you’re going to be asked for that all the time, so it doesn’t do any good.
now you should have some files in your user’s home directory in
id_rsa id_rsa.pub known_hosts
now we need to copy
id_rsa.pub (your public key) to the server you want to connect to. to connect to the server, you have to use the user you want to be logged in as later on.
scp .ssh/id_rsa.pub username@server:~/
now connect to the server through ssh and add the contents of the copied file to your
if this is the first time you do that, then you have to create both, the directory and the file.
ssh username@server cat id_rsa.pub >> .ssh/authorized_keys exit
and now you should be able to login through
without a password prompt. if it does not work i occasionally had to use the filename
authorized_keys2 instead of the one above, so maybe try adding that number on the end of the file name. other than that it should work like that. don it on many different distributions for quite some time now and it always worked this way.
more detailed infos in german can be found here: http://www.kriegisch.at/~adi/docs/unix/ssh_autologin.html