Are you using a passphrase protected key for your
ssh logins, but it asks for the passphrase all the time?
Here’s a way to enter it once, and
You should already have the
ssh client apps installed. They come by default in most distros.
sudo apt-get install openssh-client
sudo dnf install ssh-client
GUI SSH Askpass
You will need to install the
ssh-askpass-gnome package. You need only one. I prefer the full screen one, so I’ll go with the first for the following.
sudo apt-get install ssh-askpass-fullscreen
sudo dnf install ssh-askpass-fullscreen
sudo pacman -Sy ssh-askpass-fullscreen
SSH Wrapper Script
By default, SSH will ask you for your passphrase without adding it to
So we’ll add a wrapper script to check for and open your SSH key.
Create a new file as
/usr/local/bin/ssh and enter the following into it:
#!/bin/bash # Set this to your SSH key location sshkey=~/.ssh/id_rsa ssh-add -T $sshkey 2>/dev/null if [ $? -ne 0 ] ; then ssh-add -q $sshkey fi /usr/bin/ssh $@
Once saved, make it executable.
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/ssh
Make sure your
ssh-agent is running.
If it’s not, this will usually take care of it:
eval `ssh-agent -s`
Prompt for PassPhrase using GUI
SSH needs to know to use
ssh-askpass-fullscreen instead of the console prompt. Add this to your
# prefer X passphrase prompter export SSH_ASKPASS_REQUIRE=prefer
Simple as pie. And lasts longer.