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SSH-ADD(1) OpenBSD Reference Manual SSH-ADD(1)
ssh-add - adds identities for the authentication agent
ssh-add [-ldD] [file ...]
ssh-add adds identities to the authentication agent, ssh-agent(1). When
run without arguments, it adds the file $HOME/.ssh/identity. Alternative
file names can be given on the command line. If any file requires a
passphrase, ssh-add asks for the passphrase from the user. The
Passphrase it is read from the user's tty.
The authentication agent must be running and must be an ancestor of the
current process for ssh-add to work.
The options are as follows:
-l Lists all identities currently represented by the agent.
-d Instead of adding the identity, removes the identity from the
-D Deletes all identities from the agent.
$HOME/.ssh/identity Contains the RSA authentication identity of the user.
This file should not be readable by anyone but the user. Note that ssh-
add ignores this file if it is accessible by others. It is possible to
specify a passphrase when generating the key; that passphrase will be
used to encrypt the private part of this file. This is the default file
added by ssh-add when no other files have been specified.
If ssh-add needs a passphrase, it will read the passphrase from the cur-
rent terminal if it was run from a terminal. If ssh-add does not have a
terminal associated with it but DISPLAY is set, it will open an X11 win-
dow to read the passphrase. This is particularly useful when calling
ssh-add from a .Xsession or related script. (Note that on some machines
it may be necessary to redirect the input from /dev/null to make this
Tatu Ylonen <email@example.com>
OpenSSH is a derivative of the original (free) ssh 1.2.12 release, but
with bugs removed and newer features re-added. Rapidly after the 1.2.12
release, newer versions bore successively more restrictive licenses.
This version of OpenSSH
- has all components of a restrictive nature (ie. patents, see ssl(8))
directly removed from the source code; any licensed or patented com-
ponents are chosen from external libraries.
- has been updated to support ssh protocol 1.5.
- contains added support for kerberos(8) authentication and ticket
- supports one-time password authentication with skey(1).
The libraries described in ssl(8) are required for proper operation.
ssh(1), ssh-agent(1), ssh-keygen(1), sshd(8), ssl(8)
OpenBSD 2.6 September 25, 1999 1
Source: OpenBSD 2.6 man pages. Copyright: Portions are copyrighted by BERKELEY
SOFTWARE DESIGN, INC., The Regents of the University of California, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Free Software Foundation, FreeBSD Inc., and others.
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