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Say I connect to Amazon's EC2 service for multiple clients, where each client has their own ssh settings and secret keys etc.

Is there a way I could swap the settings for each client?

I'm on OS X.

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Are you looking for a way to synchronize the ssh configurations for each client? I'm not sure what you mean from your question. – bobmagoo Aug 23 '12 at 16:42
Do you want to have the systems setup so the same key pair grants you ssh access to every system? – chuck Aug 23 '12 at 17:54
I want to connect to each one without having to manually change my environmental variables etc. since connecting to ec2 assumes an environtal variable during ssh connection. – user1361315 Aug 23 '12 at 18:10

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Well, an easy way to do this, would be to put each key in ~/.ssh and then create a file in ~/.ssh called config

inside config you would then put lines like this for each host/key pair

IdentityFile ~/.ssh/key1
User username_on_host1

IdentityFile ~/.ssh/key2
User username_on_host2


then when connecting to each server it will use the proper usernames & keys

You could go further, by editing /etc/hosts and put shortened names for the IP addresses that your connecting to like such    host1

then in your config file you can just put host1 instead of

This way your clients get the added benefit of separate security instead of sharing the same key across all clients.

Edit: You should also

chmod 644 ~/.ssh/config
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