15. SSH Quick-Start Guide

  1. If you do not wish to type your password in every time you use ssh(1), and you use keys to authenticate, ssh-agent(1) is there for your convenience. If you want to use ssh-agent(1), make sure that you run it before running other applications. X users, for example, usually do this from their .xsession or .xinitrc. See ssh-agent(1) for details.

  2. Generate a key pair using ssh-keygen(1). The key pair will wind up in your $HOME/.ssh/ directory.


    Only ECDSA, Ed25519 or RSA keys are supported.

  3. Send your public key ($HOME/.ssh/id_ecdsa.pub, $HOME/.ssh/id_ed25519.pub, or $HOME/.ssh/id_rsa.pub) to the person setting you up as a committer so it can be put into yourlogin in /etc/ssh-keys/ on freefall.

Now ssh-add(1) can be used for authentication once per session. It prompts for the private key's pass phrase, and then stores it in the authentication agent (ssh-agent(1)). Use ssh-add -d to remove keys stored in the agent.

Test with a simple remote command: ssh freefall.FreeBSD.org ls /usr.

For more information, see security/openssh, ssh(1), ssh-add(1), ssh-agent(1), ssh-keygen(1), and scp(1).

For information on adding, changing, or removing ssh(1) keys, see this article.

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