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Created March 8, 2012 02:22
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Initialize ssh-agent in .bashrc
# Set up ssh-agent
function start_agent {
echo "Initializing new SSH agent..."
/usr/bin/ssh-agent | sed 's/^echo/#echo/' > "${SSH_ENV}"
echo succeeded
chmod 600 "${SSH_ENV}"
. "${SSH_ENV}" > /dev/null
# Source SSH settings, if applicable
if [ -f "${SSH_ENV}" ]; then
. "${SSH_ENV}" > /dev/null
#ps ${SSH_AGENT_PID} doesn't work under cywgin
ps -ef | grep ${SSH_AGENT_PID} | grep ssh-agent$ > /dev/null || {
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mzedeler commented Feb 3, 2015

I've made a few changes in my fork of this gist:

  • Less output
  • A safer way to create ~/.ssh/environment
  • A more readable way of checking whether ssh-agent is running.


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