[Pkg-xfce-devel] advice on ssh-agent / GNOME Keyring with XFCE on Debian?

Daniel Pocock daniel at pocock.pro
Mon Mar 26 18:49:46 UTC 2018


A new user recently asked me about caching their ssh passphrase.

I noticed they had chosen the XFCE desktop and it wasn't immediately
obvious to me what they should do.

ssh-agent process is started at login and appears in the process table.

After running ssh-add once their key is available.

Is there a preferred way to avoid running ssh-add manually?  For example,

- should it be run from a script, which one?

- or should ssh-add be added to the list of applications to run at
startup in the settings panel?  I saw an example[1] like that

- or should they store their passphrase in GNOME Keyring somehow (e.g.
logging in once with GNOME) and then enable the startup application that
links ssh-agent to GNOME Keyring?

- or some other strategy?

If anybody could add the answer on the wiki[2] that would be really helpful.



1. https://superuser.com/a/436309
2. https://wiki.debian.org/Xfce

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