git repo use this key
I learned a new git trick a few weeks ago. I wanted a local git folder to use a specific ssh key to connect to the remote git repository. This particular server is hosting a few different repos and they each have their own relevant deploy key in use.
I have those keys in my
.ssh folder, but I had been using a horrible hack of
setting the git command as a shell environment variable before any git
instructions, like so:
GIT_SSH_COMMAND="ssh -i ~/.ssh/my-private-deploy-key" git ...
It was annoying and broke easily. I just wanted to set the setting somewhere so
I could go about my git life and not worry about it. Enter
Here’s what you do:
git config core.sshCommand "ssh -i ~/.ssh/my-private-deploy-key -F /dev/null"
That’s it. The info is stored in
.git/config. It’s safe in your local
environment and doesn’t break anything for anyone else.