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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for ssh-add (redhat section 1)

SSH-ADD(1)				     BSD General Commands Manual				   SSH-ADD(1)

NAME
ssh-add -- adds RSA or DSA identities to the authentication agent
SYNOPSIS
ssh-add [-lLdDxX] [-t life] [file ...] ssh-add -s reader ssh-add -e reader
DESCRIPTION
ssh-add adds RSA or DSA identities to the authentication agent, ssh-agent(1). When run without arguments, it adds the files $HOME/.ssh/id_rsa, $HOME/.ssh/id_dsa and $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 is read from the user's tty. ssh-add retries the last passphrase if multiple identity files are given. 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 fingerprints of all identities currently represented by the agent. -L Lists public key parameters of all identities currently represented by the agent. -d Instead of adding the identity, removes the identity from the agent. -D Deletes all identities from the agent. -x Lock the agent with a password. -X Unlock the agent. -t life Set a maximum lifetime when adding identities to an agent. The lifetime may be specified in seconds or in a time format specified in sshd(8). -s reader Add key in smartcard reader. -e reader Remove key in smartcard reader.
FILES
$HOME/.ssh/identity Contains the protocol version 1 RSA authentication identity of the user. $HOME/.ssh/id_dsa Contains the protocol version 2 DSA authentication identity of the user. $HOME/.ssh/id_rsa Contains the protocol version 2 RSA authentication identity of the user. Identity files should not be readable by anyone but the user. Note that ssh-add ignores identity files if they are accessible by others.
ENVIRONMENT
DISPLAY and SSH_ASKPASS If ssh-add needs a passphrase, it will read the passphrase from the current terminal if it was run from a terminal. If ssh-add does not have a terminal associated with it but DISPLAY and SSH_ASKPASS are set, it will execute the program specified by SSH_ASKPASS and open an X11 window 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 work.) SSH_AUTH_SOCK Identifies the path of a unix-domain socket used to communicate with the agent.
DIAGNOSTICS
Exit status is 0 on success, 1 if the specified command fails, and 2 if ssh-add is unable to contact the authen- tication agent.
AUTHORS
OpenSSH is a derivative of the original and free ssh 1.2.12 release by Tatu Ylonen. Aaron Campbell, Bob Beck, Markus Friedl, Niels Provos, Theo de Raadt and Dug Song removed many bugs, re-added newer features and created OpenSSH. Markus Friedl contributed the support for SSH protocol versions 1.5 and 2.0.
SEE ALSO
ssh(1), ssh-agent(1), ssh-keygen(1), sshd(8)
BSD
September 25, 1999 BSD


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