How to use ssh-agent to cache your SSH credentials?
Contributed by Fabien Loudet, Linux SysAdmin at Rosetta Stone
Tired of always having to enter your SSH key passphrase when logging in to remote machines?
ssh-agent. Enter the passphrase once and it will keep it in memory for you
Using ssh-agent in your shell session:
$ ssh-agent SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/tmp/ssh-hZQhwQlxahPX/agent.1833; export SSH_AUTH_SOCK; SSH_AGENT_PID=1834; export SSH_AGENT_PID; echo Agent pid 496;
Copy/paste the 2 first lines from above:
$ SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/tmp/ssh-hZQhwQlxahPX/agent.1833; export SSH_AUTH_SOCK; $ SSH_AGENT_PID=1834; export SSH_AGENT_PID;
Register your key and enter your password for the last time of this session:
$ ssh-add .ssh/id_rsa Enter passphrase for .ssh/id_rsa: Identity added: .ssh/id_rsa (.ssh/id_rsa)
And now SSH auth will not ask you for the passphrase anymore
BONUS: list your keys with:
$ ssh-add -l