How to correct the “host key verification failed” error

Method  – removing old key manually

1. On the source server, the old keys are stored in the file ~/.ssh/known_hosts.

2. Only if this event is legitimate, and only if it is precisely known why the SSH server presents a different key, then edit the file known_hosts and remove the no longer valid key entry. Each user in the client/source server has its own known_hosts in its home directory, just remove the entry in the file of a specific user for the destination server. For example:
– If root wants to ssh to the server, just removing entry in the /root/.ssh/known_hosts file is all right.
– If testuser wants to ssh to the server, then remove the entry in the file /home/testuser/.ssh/known_hosts.

Example : 


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