SSHRsaPrivateKey: required variable is not present

Description of the issue

I have a android build-and-test-android workflow followed by a iOS build-and-test-ios workflow.
When It reaches build-and-test-ios chained workflow, the Activate SSH Key (RSA Private Key) step fails with following error:

failed to parse config:
- SSHRsaPrivateKey: required variable is not present


Where did the issue happen?

If on iOS stack

Which build Step causes the issue and which version of the step?

E.g.: activate-ssh-key v4.1.0


  • _Does a “Rebuild” help? No
  • _Does a rebuild without caches help? NO
  • Does the issue happen sporadically, or every time? : Everytime
  • Does upgrading the build Step to the latest version help? : NO
  • When did the issue start? :

Local reproduction

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Local reproduction: Linux / Android (docker based) stack builds

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The reason for this is because the Activate SSH key step removes the SSH key input from the env vars in the build once it’s completed, for security reasons.

My recommended solution would be to make reusable (utility) workflow blocks if you want to chain android and iOS, something like this:

format_version: "11"
project_type: other
    # common "setup" steps
    - activate-ssh-key@4:
        run_if: '{{getenv "SSH_RSA_PRIVATE_KEY" | ne ""}}'
    - git-clone@7: {}

    steps: [] # android specific steps
    steps: [] # iOS specific steps

    # common "finishing" steps
    - deploy-to-bitrise-io@2: {}
    - _setup
    - _android
    - _ios
    - _finishing

With this when you run primary it’ll Activate the SSH key and Git Clone the repo only once, then proceed with the _android specific steps, then with the _ios specific steps, and then with common _finishing steps.

If you have any questions let me know! :slight_smile:

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