Github: Permission denied (publickey) but I got & ldquo; You successfully authenticated & rdquo; message

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Step I had done: https://help.github.com/articles/generating-ssh-keys/ follow exactly.

$ eval "$(ssh-agent -s)"
Agent pid 31944
$ ssh-add
Enter passphrase for /home/centos7/.ssh/id_rsa:
Identity added: /home/centos7/.ssh/id_rsa (/home/centos7/.ssh/id_rsa)

$ ssh-add -l
4096 ab:4d:23:23:99:ce:bb:9d:9f:9e:f9:b2:c8:1a:cd:f7 /home/centos7/.ssh/id_rsa (RSA)

However, when I run

$ git clone [email protected]:privateRepo/repo.git

Cloning into 'repo'...
The authenticity of host 'github.com (192.30.252.130)' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is 56:27:ac:a5:36:28:2d:36:23:1b:56:4d:eb:df:a6:48.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Warning: Permanently added 'github.com,192.30.252.130' (RSA) to the list of known hosts.
Permission denied (publickey).
fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

Below is the output I run

$ ssh -Tv [email protected]

OpenSSH_6.6.1, OpenSSL 1.0.1e-fips 11 Feb 2013
debug1: Reading configuration data /home/centos7/.ssh/config
debug1: /home/centos/.ssh/config line 1: Applying options for *github.com
debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh/ssh_config
debug1: /etc/ssh/ssh_config line 56: Applying options for *
debug1: Connecting to github.com [192.30.252.131] port 22.
debug1: Connection established.
debug1: identity file /home/centos7/.ssh/id_rsa type 1
debug1: identity file /home/centos7/.ssh/id_rsa-cert type -1
debug1: identity file /home/centos7/.ssh/id_dsa type -1
debug1: identity file /home/centos7/.ssh/id_dsa-cert type -1
debug1: identity file /home/centos7/.ssh/id_ecdsa type -1
debug1: identity file /home/centos7/.ssh/id_ecdsa-cert type -1
debug1: identity file /home/centos7/.ssh/id_ed25519 type -1
debug1: identity file /home/centos7/.ssh/id_ed25519-cert type -1
debug1: Enabling compatibility mode for protocol 2.0
debug1: Local version string SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_6.6.1
debug1: Remote protocol version 2.0, remote software version libssh-0.7.0
debug1: no match: libssh-0.7.0
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEXINIT sent
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEXINIT received
debug1: kex: server->client aes128-ctr hmac-sha1 none
debug1: kex: client->server aes128-ctr hmac-sha1 none
debug1: kex: ecdh-sha2-nistp256 need=20 dh_need=20
debug1: kex: ecdh-sha2-nistp256 need=20 dh_need=20
debug1: sending SSH2_MSG_KEX_ECDH_INIT
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_KEX_ECDH_REPLY
debug1: Server host key: RSA 56:27:ac:a5:36:28:2d:36:23:1b:56:4d:eb:df:a6:48
debug1: Host 'github.com' is known and matches the RSA host key.
debug1: Found key in /home/centos/.ssh/known_hosts:1
Warning: Permanently added the RSA host key for IP address '192.30.252.131' to the list of known hosts.
debug1: ssh_rsa_verify: signature correct
debug1: SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS sent
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS
debug1: SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS received
debug1: Roaming not allowed by server
debug1: SSH2_MSG_SERVICE_REQUEST sent
debug1: SSH2_MSG_SERVICE_ACCEPT received
debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey
debug1: Next authentication method: publickey
debug1: Offering RSA public key: /home/centos7/.ssh/id_rsa
debug1: Server accepts key: pkalg ssh-rsa blen 535
debug1: Authentication succeeded (publickey).
Authenticated to github.com ([192.30.252.131]:22).
debug1: channel 0: new [client-session]
debug1: Entering interactive session.
debug1: Sending environment.
debug1: Sending env LANG = en_US.UTF-8
debug1: Sending env LC_CTYPE = UTF-8
Hi tomkim! You've successfully authenticated, but GitHub does not provide shell access.
debug1: client_input_channel_req: channel 0 rtype exit-status reply 0
debug1: channel 0: free: client-session, nchannels 1
Transferred: sent 4128, received 2040 bytes, in 0.5 seconds
Bytes per second: sent 8000.8, received 3953.9
debug1: Exit status 1

As the line above showed that Hi tomkim! You've successfully authenticated, but GitHub does not provide shell access. which means I already unthenticated, but why I can't clone my repo?

Update: I can clone in my home directory, but when I try with sudo it did not work, it happen in my /var/www/html/ folder

$ sudo git clone [email protected]/repo.git Cloning into 'repo'... Warning: Permanently added the RSA host key for IP address '192.30.252.131' to the list of known hosts. Permission denied (publickey). fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

Please make sure you have the correct access rights and the repository exists.

$ git clone [email protected]/repo.git Cloning into 'repo'... remote: Counting objects: 4741, done. remote: Total 4741 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 4741 Receiving objects: 100% (4741/4741), 30.30 MiB | 5.83 MiB/s, done. Resolving deltas: 100% (1451/1451), done. [[email protected] ~]$ ll total 4 drwxrwxr-x. 12 centos centos 4096 Jun 15 04:16 repo

I know I can clone with HTTPS, but I would like to solve this issue, anyone can help?


The answer is related user permission issue. I need to set the correct folder permission for current user.

For the git sudo issue, the answer can be found in below link:

https://help.github.com/articles/error-permission-denied-publickey/#should-the-sudo-command-be-used-with-git

Thanks Chris for looking into this question.