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ssh-agent

ssh-agent

ssh-agent Authentication agent.
ssh-agent <command>
									<args> ...

ssh-agent [-c | -s]

ssh-agent -k

-c Generates C-shell commands on stdout. Default if SHELL looks like it is a csh-style shell.
-s Generates Bourne shell commands on stdout. Default if SHELL does not look like it is a csh-style shell.
-k Kills the current agent (given by the SSH_AGENT_PID environment variable).
<command> When given, is executed as a subprocess of the agent. When the command dies, so does the agent.
ssh-agent holds private keys used for public key authentication (RSA, DSA). ssh-agent starts at the beginning of an X session or a login session, and all other programs or windows are started as clients of the ssh-agent program. Through the use of environment variables, the agent can be located and automatically used for authentication when logging in to other machines using ssh(1).



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