Using ssh-agent under Windows
17 Jun, 2004
Thanks to Ovidiu Predescu for his blog entry on "Setting up ssh-agent on Windows XP".
ssh-agent allows you to protect your SSH private-keys with a pass-phrase, while avoiding having to continuously re-enter the pass-phrase.
It's very easy to set up under Linux; in fact, in most distros it's probably running by default. As Ovidiu points out, it's actually fairly easy to set up in Windows XP, too, using Cygwin OpenSSH. The trick is to pre-select the agent bind address ...
First, create a new Windows environment variable called "SSH_AUTH_SOCK",
and give it the value "
Next, insert the following snippet in your
ssh-add -l >/dev/null 2>&1 if [ $? = 2 ]; then # exit-status 2 = couldn't connect to ssh-agent echo -n "Starting SSH agent ... " eval `ssh-agent -a $SSH_AUTH_SOCK` fi
This will start a new ssh-agent if there isn't yet one running (this is a slight simplification of Ovidiu's script).
Now, type just "ssh-add", and your pass-phrase, and SSH in peace.