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bashrc snippet for initializing ssh agent and adding ssh key
# Set up ssh-agent
function start_agent {
echo "Initializing new SSH agent..."
touch $SSH_ENV
chmod 600 "${SSH_ENV}"
/usr/bin/ssh-agent | sed 's/^echo/#echo/' >> "${SSH_ENV}"
. "${SSH_ENV}" > /dev/null
# Source SSH settings, if applicable
if [ -f "${SSH_ENV}" ]; then
. "${SSH_ENV}" > /dev/null
kill -0 $SSH_AGENT_PID 2>/dev/null || {

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robertdbailey commented Aug 5, 2015

Thanks @mzedeler, works great!


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felipe1982 commented Apr 12, 2017

Nice work.

  • I replaced touch and chmod with chmod -f ... to silence errors, and save 1 line.
  • I removed echo to keep output clean when logging in.
  • I removed sed to save overhead, and rely on > /dev/null to silence the output.
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