[Buildbot-devel] Configuring ssh keys for buildbot service account (for git)

Kenneth Baltrinic kenneth at baltrinic.com
Thu May 2 06:40:26 UTC 2013

I figure I must be missing something really obvious but I can't figure this
out.  I have installed builtbot on ubuntu 12.10 using the apt-get. This
installed buildbot, created a buildbot service account and configured it to
start up at the appropriate runlevels.  All very nice. :-)

The problem is the buildbot service account, being a service account, has
no home directory.  Consequently, I can't figure out for the life of me
where to put ssh keys for it to use when it uses git to fetch stuff from
our repo.  It seems these must always go under ~/.ssh. You can create new
ssh agents, use ssh -i, etc. to specify alternate key locations but that is
all command line stuff that would have to be supported by the GitPoller and
Git source classes.

Is my only option to create a home directory for the buildbot user?

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