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I want to install Ubuntu 11.10. Is there any way to keep my current RSA keys?

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You could just move them to ~/.ssh, you may have to make the directory. – Rob Nov 22 '11 at 1:46
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@Rob So I could just copy them to an external drive, do the install, then copy them back? – danwoods Nov 22 '11 at 1:50
    
yup make sure to grab the public and private parts. – Sirex Nov 22 '11 at 10:17
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Yes, easily. Simply copy the ~/.ssh directory onto an external drive, perform the install, then copy them back.

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When you reinstall Ubuntu you can keep your home folder, with ALL your settings, files, etc.

Just don't format any partitions and your /home will be kept.

In particular, your private authentication keys are preserved.

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