how to make ssh-agent automatically

Karl M
Thu Dec 1 01:24:00 GMT 2005

Hi HS...

You can use keychain (a package available from setup.exe).

I do something like

ssh-add -l >/dev/null 2>&1
if [ $? -eq 1 ]; then

in my .bash_profile, because keychain is slow when I launch several windows.

Why do you kill the agent when you log out? (Windows will kill it when you 
log off from windows.)
If you want to keep the agent around from one login to the next, you can 
launch the agent as a service. I used to do that with keychain, but for 
performance reasons, I use ssh-agent and ssh-add directly. I plan on 
proposing a package for doing this.



>From: "H.S."
>Subject: how to make ssh-agent automatically
>Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 17:56:21 -0500
>I yesterday installed a bare minimum Cygwin (via internet) on to a
>laptop running Windows XP. The purpose of the Cygwin installation is to
>backup data on to a Linux computer using rsync and ssh.
>I was wondering, to allow for passwordless login via ssh I have to run
>ssh-agent and ssh-add commands. I have put ssh-agent in .bashrc in
>Cygwin user's home and "kill $SSH_AGENT_PID" in .bash_logout. But how do
>I deal with ssh-add? In other words, what do I need to do so that a user
>doesn't need to do ssh-add each time he logins into his account in
>Windows XP (ssh-agent and ssh-add run automatically)? There is no X
>server installed, no Gnome, no KDM, no fvwm.
>All help is appreciated.
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