SSH and GPG Keys

Stephen R Laniel steve at
Wed Jun 1 13:14:27 UTC 2005

On Wed, Jun 01, 2005 at 04:38:55AM -0400, Michael R Head wrote:
> and then once you've generated them, use ssh-add(1) to add them to your
> ssh key agent (which is enabled by default in X on Ubuntu).

Hm. I guess I'm not familiar with this. The manpage says

     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.

But in my experience, ssh-keygen already does this. What's
the big draw of ssh-add?

Stephen R. Laniel
steve at
+(617) 308-5571
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