ssh private key password

Horst H. von Brand vonbrand at
Thu Jan 8 21:31:16 UTC 2009

nodata <lsof at> wrote:
> When I run ssh-add, a gnome dialog pops up asking me for the password to
> my private ssh key.

That is the idea... it keeps the password for you, so you don't need to
enter it each time you connect to a site.

> I find this a little odd, since I am not running ssh to connect
> anywhere.

Then why using ssh-add(1)?!

> I also find this a little disconcerting: I don't like giving my private
> key's to programs that ask for it.

Neither do I, but this one is _meant_ to do so.

> Is anyone else experiencing this?

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