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I need to add a developers public ssh key to my user account so that he can access my console and help debug a node.JS issue. Any suggestions on where to start

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Have them give you their public key, e. g. Add that to the end of your ~/.ssh/authorized_keys file (e.g. by running cat >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys in Terminal).

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is that it. So just save the key below my public key file and all is good? – Charles Jan 10 '14 at 18:22
Yep, that's it; once you've done they (presuming you have the SSH server running and so forth), your friend should be albe to ssh (or use your IP address which you can see here). – DopeGhoti Jan 10 '14 at 18:34
reminder, he'll have access to your account and all the rights associated with it. – dhempler Jan 10 '14 at 19:52
Great. Here is a gap online on this issue. Great answers. – Charles Jan 10 '14 at 20:10
*there is a gap – Charles Jan 10 '14 at 20:18

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