SSH_ASKPASSPublished on 27 Nov 2005
ssh-add utility (see SSH agent for details) accepts a program in the environment variable
SSH_ASKPASS that retrieves a passphrase from the user. This is especially useful to use the SSH agent from a script or a GUI (i.e. without a console).
$ ssh-agent bash --login $ export SSH_ASKPASS="$(which x11-ssh-askpass)" $ ssh-keygen -t dsa -f TEST Generating public/private dsa key pair. Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase): Enter same passphrase again: Your identification has been saved in TEST. Your public key has been saved in TEST.pub. The key fingerprint is: 2f:ee:ad:50:27:9d:a0:33:76:00:b4:9f:64:43:a5:41 USER@HOST $ ssh-add TEST </dev/null # x11-ask-pass opens Identity added: TEST (TEST) $ _