ssh-add - adds RSA or DSA identities to the authentication
ssh-add [-lLdDxXc] [-t life] [file ...]
ssh-add -s reader
ssh-add -e reader
ssh-add adds RSA or DSA identities to the authentication
ssh-agent(1). When run without arguments, it adds the files
$HOME/.ssh/id_rsa, $HOME/.ssh/id_dsa and
file names can be given on the command line. If any
file requires a
passphrase, ssh-add asks for the passphrase from the user.
passphrase is read from the user's tty. ssh-add retries the
passphrase if multiple identity files are given.
The authentication agent must be running and the
variable must contain the name of its socket for
ssh-add to work.
The options are as follows:
-l Lists fingerprints of all identities currently represented by the
-L Lists public key parameters of all identities currently represented
by the agent.
-d Instead of adding the identity, removes the identity
-D Deletes all identities from the agent.
-x Lock the agent with a password.
-X Unlock the agent.
Set a maximum lifetime when adding identities to an
lifetime may be specified in seconds or in a time
-c Indicates that added identities should be subject to
before being used for authentication. Confirmation
by the SSH_ASKPASS program mentioned below. Successful confirmation
is signaled by a zero exit status from the
rather than text entered into the requester.
Add key in smartcard reader.
Remove key in smartcard reader.
DISPLAY and SSH_ASKPASS
If ssh-add needs a passphrase, it will read the
the current terminal if it was run from a terminal.
does not have a terminal associated with it but DISPLAY and
SSH_ASKPASS are set, it will execute the program
SSH_ASKPASS and open an X11 window to read the
is particularly useful when calling ssh-add from a
related script. (Note that on some machines it may
to redirect the input from /dev/null to make this
Identifies the path of a unix-domain socket used to
with the agent.
Contains the protocol version 1 RSA authentication
Contains the protocol version 2 DSA authentication
Contains the protocol version 2 RSA authentication
Identity files should not be readable by anyone but the user. Note that
ssh-add ignores identity files if they are accessible by
Exit status is 0 on success, 1 if the specified command
fails, and 2 if
ssh-add is unable to contact the authentication agent.
ssh(1), ssh-agent(1), ssh-keygen(1), sshd(8)
OpenSSH is a derivative of the original and free ssh 1.2.12
Tatu Ylonen. Aaron Campbell, Bob Beck, Markus Friedl, Niels
de Raadt and Dug Song removed many bugs, re-added newer features and created
OpenSSH. Markus Friedl contributed the support for SSH
versions 1.5 and 2.0.
OpenBSD 3.6 September 25, 1999
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