Creating user accounts....

Nicholas Henke henken at
Fri Feb 14 08:35:59 PST 2003

On Thu, 13 Feb 2003 17:07:12 -0600 (CST)
"Brian D. Ropers-Huilman" <bropers at> wrote:

> Jai,
> You'll need to create a public/private key pair. Put the public key on
> all the nodes and leave the secret key on your administrative node.
> You'll also have to make sure you configure the SSH daemon on all the
> nodes to accept a public key authentication.

Why is it that key pairs are used, when host based authentication will
work for any user, without doing more work each time a user is added?
Is there something inherently wrong with host based ?

Nicholas Henke
Penguin Herder & Linux Cluster System Programmer
Liniac Project - Univ. of Pennsylvania

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