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Remove everyting in a text file. Useful to fix ssh host key warnings

Terminal - Remove everyting in a text file. Useful to fix ssh host key warnings
> ~/.ssh/known_hosts
2010-08-04 06:54:18
User: cde1985
-4
Remove everyting in a text file. Useful to fix ssh host key warnings

This is the quick and dirty alternative ;)

The whole file will be emptied, this is equal to /dev/null > ~/.ssh/known_hosts

Alternatives

There are 11 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
ssh-keygen -R <the_offending_host>
2010-07-11 19:37:24
User: bunam
Functions: ssh ssh-keygen
Tags: sed
42

In this case it's better do to use the dedicated tool

sed -i 8d ~/.ssh/known_hosts
sed -i 3d ~/.ssh/known_hosts
2011-05-26 11:34:03
User: evandrix
Functions: sed
8

deletes line 3 in known_hosts text file

echo "${1}" | egrep '^[[:digit:]]*$' ; if [ "$?" -eq 0 ] ; then sed -i "${1}"d $HOME/.ssh/known_hosts ; else printf "\tYou must enter a number!\n\n" ; exit 1 ; fi
2010-07-11 23:09:11
User: DaveQB
Functions: echo egrep exit printf sed
Tags: sed
-13

I have this as a file called deletekey in my ~/bin.

Makes life a little easier.

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What others think

This Removes all the known hosts. Even the good ones

Comment by nssy 257 weeks and 1 day ago

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