Add pfaffman's keys to your ssh authorized_keys

If @pfaffman or this dashboard creates a droplet for you, then the proper ssh keys for the dashboard are added when the droplet is created, and @pfaffman’s keys are added as part of the installation process. If you have installed Discourse yourself and want to give me access to your server, here’s what to do.

You will need to connect to a shell on your server via ssh or the Digital Ocean console or something similar. Once you’ve gotten to the shell, you can paste in one of the commands below.

If you are using Ubuntu, you should be able to use

 ssh-import-id-gh pfaffman

That’s the best way, as it will see that authorized_keys is created with the correct permissions.

If that fails for some reason, this should work:

curl >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

If that fails, then create your own key with


and hit return a few times. That will generate a key (which I don’t need) and also see that ~/.ssh is created with the correct permissions. Then go back and use the curl command above.

After you have added my key, all I need to know is the hostname (or IP address) and the username. I’ll try root, and ubuntu if you don’t give me one.

If you add a user just for me, please see that the user can use sudo without a password. You can do that like this:

   sudo su -c 'echo pfaffman        ALL = NOPASSWD: ALL > /etc/sudoers.d/pfaffman' root

If the user you created was not pfaffman, please substitute accordingly.