This page contains some common seen issues and their solutions.

SSH issues

For issues reaching repositories over ssh while the gitea web front-end, but https based git repository access works fine, consider looking into the following.

Permission denied (publickey).
fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

This error signifies that the server rejected a log in attempt, check the following things:

  • On the client:
    • Ensure the public and private ssh keys are added to the correct Gitea user.
    • Make sure there are no issues in the remote url, ensure the name of the git user (before the @) is spelled correctly.
    • Ensure public and private ssh keys are correct on client machine.
    • Try to connect using ssh (ssh [email protected]) to ensure a connection can be made.
  • On the server:
    • Make sure the repository exists and is correctly named.
    • Check the permissions of the .ssh directory in the system user’s home directory.
    • Verify that the correct public keys are added to .ssh/authorized_keys. Try to run Rewrite '.ssh/authorized_keys' file (for Gitea SSH keys) on the Gitea admin panel.
    • Read gitea logs.
    • Read /var/log/auth (or similar).
    • Check permissions of repositories.

The following is an example of a missing public SSH key where authentication succeeded, but some other setting is preventing SSH from reaching the correct repository.

fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

Please make sure you have the correct access rights
and the repository exists.

In this case, look into the following settings:

  • On the server:
    • Make sure that the git system user has a usable shell set
    • Verify this with getent passwd git | cut -d: -f7
    • usermod or chsh can be used to modify this.
    • Ensure that the gitea serv command in .ssh/authorized_keys uses the correct configuration file.