SSH and GPG Keys

Michael R Head burner at
Wed Jun 1 13:23:10 UTC 2005

On Wed, 2005-06-01 at 09:14 -0400, Stephen R Laniel wrote:
> 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?

ssh-keygen generates your keys. ssh-add loads them into your agent.

In other words, I only run ssh-keygen once. 
On the other hand, I run ssh-add every time I log in.


Michael R Head <burner at>
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