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Host key verification failed with rsync pipe

Hi everyone.

I had a weird behaviour on one of our self-hosted pipelines.

I want to deploy and artifact with SCP or Rsync but always get "Host key verification failed" ( both fails ).

Oddest thing is that ssh works like a charm with same config.

I'm pretty sure that it has to be a known_hosts file thing, but I can't figure why.

  • I've tried to create a known_hosts file on my repository. Didn't work.
  • Update known_hosts on the fly with ssh-keyscan -H $SERVER_IP >> ~/.ssh/known_hosts . Didn't work
  • use EXTRA_ARGS: '-o StrictHostKeyChecking=no' . Didn't work.
I can't follow instructions from -- Step 2: Update the known hosts because this is a private host, not accesible from internet.
My last attempt was something like this:
- echo "Deployment test"
- mkdir -p /root/.ssh/
- ssh-keygen -R $SERVER_IP
- ssh-keyscan -H $SERVER_IP >> ~/.ssh/known_hosts
- cat ~/.ssh/known_hosts
- pipe: atlassian/rsync-deploy:0.6.0
REMOTE_PATH: '/tmp/testscp/'
LOCAL_PATH: '/var/log/*'
DEBUG: 'true'
Is there any way to make this works that i'm missing?
Thanks a lot for your help.


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@Andrés Soria 
Hi. Thanks for your question. We will investigate your issue and notify you.

Regards, Igor.

Hi @Igor Stoyanov 

Any updates on this issue?

Thanks a lot for your help.

Hi @Andrés Soria .
We still investigating this issue and unfortunately no useful updates for today.

Like Andrés Soria likes this

Hi again Igor.

Any news?

@Andrés Soria Hi. Currently working on your issue. First what i found is that know_hosts is under 


and since that you don't have this file in your infrastructure (because you didn't update the known hosts from the UI) you have the error:

"No SSH known_hosts configured in Pipelines."

 Maybe try to update your know hosts manually but with the correct dir path:

ssh-keyscan -H $SERVER_IP >> /opt/atlassian/pipelines/agent/ssh/known_hosts

or generate the output of `ssh-keyscan -H <your private host>` from where it works and pass the result to `/opt/atlassian/pipelines/agent/ssh/known_hosts`
Waiting for your feedback. Regards Igor

Also i found that self hosted runner does not work with default ssh_key. You should use your custom ssh key. See how to generate encoded ssh_key under the section 

Use multiple SSH keys in your pipeline of

pass the output in the bitbucket repository variables with name i.e SSH_KEY and use it in your pipe:

  - pipe: atlassian/rsync-deploy:0.7.0
      USER: <your user>
      SERVER: <your host>
      REMOTE_PATH: '/var/www/build/'
      LOCAL_PATH: 'build'
      DEBUG: 'true'

Ok, I have work to do.

Let me try this solutions. I'll get back to you as soon as possible.


Hi @Igor Stoyanov 

I've been trying to update /opt/atlassian/pipelines/agent/ssh/known_hosts on different ways but always end with same result : Host key verification failed.

As you can see in the picture, i'm able to update known_hosts file but bitbucket seems to not use it.


So, i figured it out by adding 

SSH_ARGS: '-o StrictHostKeyChecking=no'
to my bitbucket-pipelines.yml
It won't be the prettiest deployment but i think i can continue with it.
Thanks a lot for your help

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