ssh access.

In a fit of security concious activity I decided to have along and somewhat complicated ssh passphrase for accessing remote servers etc. This means that typing it in twice without making a mistake is – virtually impossible! So I’ve painted it in 6 feet high letters on the building opposite.

If you want to avoid the scaffolding costs and you know how hard it is to find a decent painter these days you can use a piece of software that makes entering ssh keys easy. At your UNIX command prompt:

ssh-agent $SHELL

This then starts a commnand shell with ssh-agent running, to actually add keys into memory you need to:


More useful information is found at a useful tutorial


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