ssh-keygen between SuSE and FreeBSD

Gavin Spomer spomerg at cwu.EDU
Thu Aug 14 15:29:35 UTC 2008

>>> Lyndon Nerenberg <lyndon at> 08/13/08 7:10 PM >>>
> You need to start an ssh-agent on the machine you're connecting from and 
> populate it with your keychain:
>  	eval `ssh-agent`
>  	ssh-add
> Add the above to your .profile, or check the Linux PAM implementation to 
> see if it has ssh session support.
> --lyndon


That made it possible for me to ssh from SuSE server to FreeBSD server, but now when I ssh from my Mac to SuSE server it wants a password now:

   Enter passphrase for /home/myusername/.ssh/id_rsa:

I read the FreeBSD handbook section "14.11.7 ssh-agent and ssh-add" and don't have anything much more intelligent to say but "I don't understand". ;)


   1. If the ssh-agent and ssh-add utilities load the keys into memory, they'd be wiped if I rebooted?

   2. Is #1 why I'd add it to my ~/.profile?

   3. How am I able to ssh (without a password) from my Mac to SuSE server or Mac to FreeBSD server when I don't have
       "eval `ssh-agent`" and "ssh-add" in my .profile on my Mac?

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