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  • How to fix "/usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: ERROR: No identities found"

    # ssh-copy-id root@
    /usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: ERROR: No identities found

    You will have to manually define the path of the public key using -i switch as shown below

    # ssh-copy-id -i .ssh/id_rsa.pub
    root@'s password:[Provide root password for client machine]
    Now try logging into the machine, with "ssh ''", and check in:


    to make sure we haven't added extra keys that you weren't expecting.

    That did the trick.

    In my another article I have shared the steps to configure SSH port forwarding and tunnelling in Linux

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    How to fix "/usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: ERROR: No identities found" How to fix "/usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: ERROR: No identities found" Reviewed by admin on Thursday, October 02, 2014 Rating: 5


    1. Hi Deepak
      i have tried your trick above but not working in my ubuntu 12.04.1 kernel 3.2.0-29-generic pae
      There is still /usb/bin/ssh-copy-id: ERROR: No Identities found

    2. Hi first use below command on source server
      Generating public/private rsa key pair.
      Enter file in which to save the key (/root/.ssh/id_rsa):
      Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase):
      Enter same passphrase again:
      Your identification has been saved in /root/.ssh/id_rsa.
      Your public key has been saved in /root/.ssh/id_rsa.pub.
      The key fingerprint is:

      After that try to ssh-copy-id ...should works.


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