Fix Problems with Creating SSH Keys Using Mac Terminal
Posted on January 7, 2016 in Command Line, Mac, SSH by Matt Jennings

Per steps from GitHub, I tried using the code below in Mac Terminal to create a new SSH key

ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096 -C ""

Then, when the Enter file in which to save the key (/Users/mattpjennings/.ssh/id_rsa): prompt appeared I entered something like id_rsa_my_key (NOT id_rsa).

Then, still in Terminal when I did ls -al ~/.ssh to show my list of SSH keys unfortunately the SSH key files below did NOT appear, which should have:

To fix this problem, enter this command:
ssh-keygen -f ~/.ssh/id_rsa_mj_graphiti -t rsa -b 4096 -C ""

Then, when I did ls -al ~/.ssh I was able to see the SSH keys I just created, which were:

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