I have a fresh install of Ubuntu 16.04 on my machine. Now I want to use my existing ssh key on my machine, so that I can use GitHub with my previous activities.
How do I set this up?
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If you have a copy of your ssh keys (e.g., on a USB stick) then simply copy the key files to the
cp /path/to/my/key/id_rsa ~/.ssh/id_rsa cp /path/to/my/key/id_rsa.pub ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub # change permissions on file sudo chmod 600 ~/.ssh/id_rsa sudo chmod 600 ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub # start the ssh-agent in the background eval $(ssh-agent -s) # make ssh agent to actually use copied key ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa
Otherwise, you will need to create a new one and add it to your GitHub account https://help.github.com/articles/adding-a-new-ssh-key-to-your-github-account/. Be sure to remove the old key from GitHub while you're at it.