Announcing Lockpick

by Fred Jean


Like many other shops, we deal with many smallish problems. Problems like where to get our coffee from (Boxcar), where to go for lunch, what editor to use (Vim).

We also struggled with how to manage who has access to our development, staging and production servers. We went through a few iterations attempting to solve this problem. We then hit two realizations:

It turns out that SSH public keys are indeed public. The impending arrival of Miles Matthias provided the motivation to act on this insight. lockpick came out of that realization.

We now have the lockpick script on a cron job. Any member of the dojo4 and trusted sub team now has access to our servers.

lockpick is open source software and is licensed under the MIT license.

Image from Ran Yaniv Hartstein, found on Flickr at