Unable to force passphraseless ssh authentication while port forwarding

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http://serverfault.com – I'm completely at a loss as to what is preventing my local machine from authenticating the connection that is being forwarded from the remote server. I've read a ton of the posts on here regarding this and man, I swear I've tried damn near everything. The guide I've been following can be found here: http://www.zeespencer.com/articles/building-a-remote-pairing-setup/ Basically where I'm stuck at is in forcing passwordless authentication. If I allow passwords in sshd_config, when I connect to pair@pair-server I am prompted for my local user password and am able to login remotely, so I am bein (HowTos)