ssh private key password

Ron Yorston rmy at
Fri Jan 9 09:23:30 UTC 2009

Kevin Kofler <kevin.kofler at> wrote:
>Jerry Amundson wrote:
>> Users, naturally, would not "want this" - it's intrusive and
>> completely unnecessary. In the Windows world, IT staff would be be
>> bombarded with virus warnings.
>> Please, make "false" the default.
>Uh, a GUI prompt for the passphrase is a feature. It also gets used when you
>use SSH from a GUI app, such as a client for a version control system. I
>don't see how this is a problem.

My ssh passphrase is a private matter between me and the ssh client.  I
don't even trust ssh-agent, why would I trust some unexpected GUI that
pops up and demands my passphrase?

I was annoyed when the dialog appeared the first time I used ssh in F10
and made a point of turning it off before making an ssh connection.  I'd
prefer it to be off by default.


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