Jenkins failing to fetch private repo from GitHub

I’ve been banging my head for hours now…

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    1. I tried: login jenkins in terminal, and that command displayed in red works.
    2. While logged in as jenkins, I can clone the repo without problems.
    3. The SSH keys are in place, and they show up in the ssh-add -l
    4. The known_hosts file is properly configured
    5. I already ssh’d into github.com to add it in known_hosts
    6. Replacing the “Repository URL” with a public repo https://github.com/... works.
    7. I pulled out most of my hair, and there are a few left…

    What do I suspect being the problem?

    When I copied the generated SSH key that I have in ~jenkins/.ssh/id_rsa.pub, I noticed that in the end of the key, it reads: root@MyComputer, not jenkins… Because I had to use sudo ssh-keygen to generate the key… Is that bad?

    Here is the build log for completeness:

    Started b

    y user [8mha:AAAAlh+LCAAAAAAAAP9b85aBtbiIQTGjNKU4P08vOT+vOD8nVc83PyU1x6OyILUoJzMv2y+/JJUBAhiZGBgqihhk0NSjKDWzXb3RdlLBUSYGJk8GtpzUvPSSDB8G5tKinBIGIZ+sxLJE/ZzEvHT94JKizLx0a6BxUmjGOUNodHsLgAzOEgYu/dLi1CL9vNKcHACFIKlWvwAAAA==[0manonymous
    Building in workspace /Users/Shared/Jenkins/Home/jobs/RTSBuilder/workspace
    Checkout:workspace / /Users/Shared/Jenkins/Home/jobs/RTSBuilder/workspace - hudson.remoting.LocalChannel@210aaf84
    Using strategy: Default
    Cloning the remote Git repository
    Cloning repository git@github.com:organization/myRepo.git
    git --version
    git version 1.7.12.4 (Apple Git-37)
    ERROR: Error cloning remote repo 'origin' : Could not clone git@github.com:organization/myRepo.git
    [8mha:AAAAWB+LCAAAAAAAAP9b85aBtbiIQSmjNKU4P08vOT+vOD8nVc8DzHWtSE4tKMnMz/PLL0ldFVf2c+b/lb5MDAwVRQxSaBqcITRIIQMEMIIUFgAAckCEiWAAAAA=[0mhudson.plugins.git.GitException: Could not clone git@github.com:organization/myRepo.git
        at org.jenkinsci.plugins.gitclient.CliGitAPIImpl$1.execute(CliGitAPIImpl.java:248)
        at org.jenkinsci.plugins.gitclient.AbstractGitAPIImpl.clone(AbstractGitAPIImpl.java:59)
        at org.jenkinsci.plugins.gitclient.CliGitAPIImpl.clone(CliGitAPIImpl.java:40)
        at hudson.plugins.git.GitSCM$2.invoke(GitSCM.java:1012)
        at hudson.plugins.git.GitSCM$2.invoke(GitSCM.java:948)
        at hudson.FilePath.act(FilePath.java:909)
        at hudson.FilePath.act(FilePath.java:882)
        at hudson.plugins.git.GitSCM.determineRevisionToBuild(GitSCM.java:948)
        at hudson.plugins.git.GitSCM.checkout(GitSCM.java:1114)
        at hudson.model.AbstractProject.checkout(AbstractProject.java:1411)
        at hudson.model.AbstractBuild$AbstractBuildExecution.defaultCheckout(AbstractBuild.java:657)
        at jenkins.scm.SCMCheckoutStrategy.checkout(SCMCheckoutStrategy.java:88)
        at hudson.model.AbstractBuild$AbstractBuildExecution.run(AbstractBuild.java:562)
        at hudson.model.Run.execute(Run.java:1604)
        at hudson.model.FreeStyleBuild.run(FreeStyleBuild.java:46)
        at hudson.model.ResourceController.execute(ResourceController.java:88)
        at hudson.model.Executor.run(Executor.java:246)
    Caused by: hudson.plugins.git.GitException: Command "git clone --progress -o origin git@github.com:organization/myRepo.git /Users/Shared/Jenkins/Home/jobs/RTSBuilder/workspace" returned status code 128:
    stdout: Cloning into '/Users/Shared/Jenkins/Home/jobs/RTSBuilder/workspace'...
    
    stderr: Permission denied (publickey).
    fatal: Could not read from remote repository.
    
    Please make sure you have the correct access rights
    and the repository exists.
    
        at org.jenkinsci.plugins.gitclient.CliGitAPIImpl.launchCommandIn(CliGitAPIImpl.java:873)
        at org.jenkinsci.plugins.gitclient.CliGitAPIImpl.launchCommandWithCredentials(CliGitAPIImpl.java:851)
        at org.jenkinsci.plugins.gitclient.CliGitAPIImpl.access$300(CliGitAPIImpl.java:40)
        at org.jenkinsci.plugins.gitclient.CliGitAPIImpl$1.execute(CliGitAPIImpl.java:246)
        ... 16 more
    Trying next repository
    ERROR: Could not clone repository
    [8mha:AAAAWB+LCAAAAAAAAP9b85aBtbiIQSmjNKU4P08vOT+vOD8nVc8DzHWtSE4tKMnMz/PLL0ldFVf2c+b/lb5MDAwVRQxSaBqcITRIIQMEMIIUFgAAckCEiWAAAAA=[0mjava.io.IOException: Could not clone
        at hudson.plugins.git.GitSCM$2.invoke(GitSCM.java:1025)
        at hudson.plugins.git.GitSCM$2.invoke(GitSCM.java:948)
        at hudson.FilePath.act(FilePath.java:909)
        at hudson.FilePath.act(FilePath.java:882)
        at hudson.plugins.git.GitSCM.determineRevisionToBuild(GitSCM.java:948)
        at hudson.plugins.git.GitSCM.checkout(GitSCM.java:1114)
        at hudson.model.AbstractProject.checkout(AbstractProject.java:1411)
        at hudson.model.AbstractBuild$AbstractBuildExecution.defaultCheckout(AbstractBuild.java:657)
        at jenkins.scm.SCMCheckoutStrategy.checkout(SCMCheckoutStrategy.java:88)
        at hudson.model.AbstractBuild$AbstractBuildExecution.run(AbstractBuild.java:562)
        at hudson.model.Run.execute(Run.java:1604)
        at hudson.model.FreeStyleBuild.run(FreeStyleBuild.java:46)
        at hudson.model.ResourceController.execute(ResourceController.java:88)
        at hudson.model.Executor.run(Executor.java:246)
    Finished: FAILURE
    

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  • 2 Solutions collect form web for “Jenkins failing to fetch private repo from GitHub”

    I solved this problem on OSX by changing Jenkins startup from launchdaemons to launchagents, hope this works for you.

    It might be a plugin issue too as found by this SO user. I kind of verified it too, although, I used https and not the git protocol. If I run

    git clone https://blah.com:8443/blah.git

    from a shell, it works. If I run it inside Jenkins under the

    Build>Execute shell>Command, that also works. It’s just when I enter that url in the

    Source Code Management>Git>Repository URL box that it doesn’t work.

    Git Baby is a git and github fan, let's start git clone.