Making unattended file transfers

Adding SSH keys to remote systems | Adding SSH keys to Globus

Install your SSH keys on a remote system as shown below and you will not need to authenticate each time you transfer files to that system from your GLADE file space using Cheyenne.

You will be able to make both unattended transfers and manual transfers more easily using the Globus command line interface and protocols such as SCP and SFTP.

Not all systems accept such SSH key-based transfers.

Adding SSH keys to remote systems

First, log in to Cheyenne and generate a key pair by executing ssh-keygen on your command line.


The output will look like this:

Generating public/private rsa key pair.
Enter file in which to save the key (/glade/u/home/username/.ssh/id_rsa):

Hit Enter at that point. If the id_rsa file already exists, overwrite it.

/glade/u/home/username/.ssh/id_rsa already exists.
Overwrite (y/n)? y

When you're asked to enter a passphrase, just hit Enter both times.

Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase):
Enter same passphrase again:
Your identification has been saved in /glade/u/home/username/.ssh/id_rsa.
Your public key has been saved in /glade/u/home/username/.ssh/
The key fingerprint is:
43:a2:d2:a5:c3:bb:dd:12:43:ad:8a:98:b2:a2:9b:5d username@cheyenne6
The key's randomart image is:
+--[ RSA 2048]----+>
|           ..    |
|          + ..   |
|         + o ++  |
|         .o ++ ..|
|        R .=o + +|
|          ...o * |
|           .. + .|
|        ...    . |
|        E+o      |

Next, rename the public key file and transfer it to ~/.ssh on the remote machine, which we'll call "Supersystem" for this example. (To transfer the SSH keys to the Globus system, see below.)

cp newname
scp .ssh/newname
The authenticity of host 'supersystem (' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is 43:a2:d2:a5:c3:bb:dd:12:43:ad:8a:98:b2:a2:9b:5d
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Warning: Permanently added 'supersystem,' (RSA) to the list of known hosts.'s password:
newname 100% |*******************| 607   00:00

Log in to the remote system, authenticating as required, then append the new file to the authorized_keys file on that machine. 

cd ~/.ssh
cat newname >> authorized_keys

Finally, change the permissions of authorized_keys and the .ssh directory.

chmod 600 authorized_keys
cd ..
chmod 700 .ssh

You will no longer need to enter a password on the remote machine when you transfer files to it using Cheyenne.

Adding SSH keys to Globus

Add your Cheyenne SSH keys as follows if you want to be able to execute unattended file transfers using the Globus command line interface.

  • Log in at using your personal Globus ID. (This feature is not available if you use an organizational login instead of your personal Globus ID.)
  • Click Account in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  • In the Identities section of the page, select manage SSH and X.509 keys.
  • Click Add a new key.
  • Name the alias (the system on which you generated the public key). (See image.)
  • Click SSH Public Key.
  • Paste in the contents of your file.
  • Click Add Key.

Adding SSH keys

Now you can use the Globus CLI to initiate either unattended transfers or manual transfers from Cheyenne.

Be sure you have activated the endpoints you will be using for transfers, and renew those credentials as needed.

Related content: Globus transfers with the web interface