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Re: guix deploy: Failed to read private key

From: Efraim Flashner
Subject: Re: guix deploy: Failed to read private key
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2023 14:47:03 +0200

On Tue, Feb 14, 2023 at 12:59:11AM -0800, Kitty-Cricket Piapiac wrote:
> Hello Guix,
> I am relatively new to this package manager & system distribution. I am
> really struggling to get `guix deploy` working. I have a simple `deploy.scm`
> that looks something like this.
>   $ cat deploy.scm
>   (define %os (operating-system ...))
>   (define %ip "<ip>")
>   (define %key "<host-key>")
>   (list
>     (machine
>       (operating-system %os)
>       (environment managed-host-environment-type)
>       (configuration (machine-ssh-configuration
>                        (host-name %ip)
>                        (host-key %key)
>                        (identity "id_ed25519")))))
> When I try and run `guix deploy deploy.scm` as a regular user, I get the
> following error:
>   $ guix deploy deploy.scm
>   The following 1 machine will be deployed:
>     <name>
>   guix deploy: deploying to <name>
>   guix deploy: error: failed to deploy <name>: SSH authentication failed for
> '<ip>': Failed to read private key: /home/kitty/.ssh/id_ed25519
> At first I thought there may be a permissions issue, but the private key is
> there, and with seemingly the right permissions,
>   $ ll /home/kitty/.ssh/id_ed25519
>   -rw------- 1 kitty users 464 Feb 13 00:03 id_ed25519
> and ssh-ing into the machine normally works fine,
>   $ ssh root@<ip>
>   Enter passphrase for key '/home/kitty/.ssh/id_ed25519':
>   Last login: Mon Feb 13 17:24:54
>   root@<name> ~#
> so I'm not really sure what could be causing this, and I'm not sure what to
> do now to troubleshoot. Anybody run into this before, or any ideas?

It can't read the private key because it is password protected. I'm not
sure if it's possible to do without removing the password on the key.

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