Git with an alternate SSH key…

So I use both for my day job, and also for managing my private Git repos. (Since BB is free for personal private repo use, whereas GitHub charges for that…)

However, when I go to push to BitBucket for my personal use, I need to make sure that my SSH keys for work aren’t loaded. This has resulted in me doing things like “ssh-add -D” to wipe out all the keys in my ssh agent, then manually loading my personal key for git use. Then when I start work again, I have to reload my other keys. Rather annoying.

I came across a solution here: git admin: An alias for running git commands as a privileged SSH identity

However, it didn’t work for me. Took a bit to figure out why, but it came full circle back to the use of ssh-agent– even though I was properly specifying my SSH identity file, the keys from my ssh-agent were being seen first. All I had to do was to disable the use of ssh-agent inside of the script, like so:

set -e
set -u

ssh -i $SSH_KEYFILE [email protected]

That did the trick for me. Hope that helps someone else out there as well!

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