Annoying problem with ssh keys
On Sun, 17 Aug 2008 20:01:22 +1200, Tim wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-08-17 at 00:55 +0000, Kennneth P. Turvey wrote:
>> Everytime I need to use ssh I get a dialog to enter the passphrase for
>> the key. It doesn't work. If I cancel it three times I get a prompt
>> on the command line and the same passphrase works. Of course it isn't
>> cached anywhere, so the next time I need to use it I have to go through
>> the same procedure again.
>> How do I get ssh to behave?
> I can't explain the issue with the dialog box (possibly a bug in
> ssh-askass-gnome?), but there is a solution that only requires you to
> suply the pass phrase once per X login.
> It is likely that you have ssh-agent running. You can check that from a
> terminal session with the command
> env | grep SSH
> which will produce a line like
> (I have seahorse installed and that uses the first form, while the
> standard ssh agent uses the second form, which incorporates the PID of
> the initial agent process in the file and directory name.) Note that
> the directory (and file, for ssh-agent) has a dynamic part, which will
> change each time that you log in to X.
> In that case, you can load your key into the agent, with
> That will load the standard keys into the agent:
> ~/.ssh/identity (SSH1, RSA)
> ~/.ssh/id_dsa (SSH2, DSA)
> ~/.ssh/id_rsa (SSH2, RSA)
> after it gets the pass phrase for each key. Note that if you have two
> keys with the same pass phrase, then they will both be loaded
> successfully, but ssh-add will only ask once for the phrase.
> After that, any ssh clients started from your X session will be able to
> ask the agent to perform required operations using your keys, without
> needing you to supply the pass-phrase. You can check that the expected
> keys are loaded with
> ssh-add -l
That does solve the problem of re-entering my passphrase, but I still
have to cancel the three dialogs before everything works.
A bug in gnome-askpass? Maybe I'll sit down and see if I can figure out
what is going on when I get a chance. I'll at least make sure I file a
bug report if it doesn't exist.
Kenneth P. Turvey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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