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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair

Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013

Solution: My host changed its ssh key, and Thunar and Nautilus won't let me connect with sftp

My shared-hosting provider moved my account to a new machine, and along with all that newness came a new ssh key.

FileZilla figured it out right away and asked me if I wanted to accept the new key. (I did.)

But when trying to open an sftp connection in Thunar or Nautilus, I got a "Host key verification failed" error.

The solution was easy to find.

All I had to do was go to the .ssh folder in my home directory (/home/steven/.ssh for me; /home/your_account/.ssh for you) and get rid of the "old" ssh key from the old server.

I tried to re-connect to my shared-hosting account via sftp, the system asked me to accept the new ssh key, I did so, and now I'm back in sftp with this account via the Thunar file manager in Xfce.