SSH stands for Secure Shell or sometimes Secure Socket Shell protocol used for accessing network services securely from a remote computer. You can set the SSH keys to provide a reliable connection between the computer and Gerrit.
You can check the existing SSH key on your local computer using the following command in Git Bash −
$ ls ~/.ssh
After clicking the enter button, you will see the existing SSH key as shown in the following image −
If you don't find any existing SSH key, then you need to create a new SSH key.
You can generate a new SSH key for authentication using the following command in Git Bash −
$ ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "firstname.lastname@example.org"
If you already have a SSH key, then don't a generate new key, as they will be overwritten. You can use ssh-keygen command, only if you have installed Git with Git Bash.
When you run the above command, it will create 2 files in the ~/.ssh directory.
~/.ssh/id_rsa − It is private key or identification key.
~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub − It is a public tv.