Does ssh key need to be named id_rsa?

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Published on 2011-03-17T15:37:40Z Indexed on 2011/03/17 16:19 UTC
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I have come across this problem a couple of times when creating build servers with keyed authentication.

I was wondering if anyone else has experience this. I have a couple of keys for my current user that may connect to different machines. Let say machine1 and machine2. I have pasted my public key into their respective authorized_keys file. The first one I have named the first key id_rsa and the second key bender.

When I try to connect to bender I get the following output with my verbose ssh connection

debug1: SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS sent
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS
debug1: SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS received
debug1: SSH2_MSG_SERVICE_REQUEST sent
debug1: SSH2_MSG_SERVICE_ACCEPT received
debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey
debug1: Next authentication method: publickey
debug1: Trying private key: /home/bozo/.ssh/.ssh/identity
debug1: Trying private key: /home/bozo/.ssh/.ssh/id_rsa
debug1: Trying private key: /home/bozo/.ssh/id_dsa
debug1: No more authentication methods to try.
Permission denied (publickey).

It only offers the id_rsa key, as you can see above. Is this correct? If so why? How do I get it to offer more keys? I know it is a problem I see intermittently, because I at home I have multiple keys without much trouble.

I would also appreciate a overview on how the pub and private keys interact with the client and server. I thought I had a pretty decent idea, but apparently I am missing something.

Please and thank you.

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