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Situation

You are a KDE4/KDE5 user who is fed up with entering your SSH passphrase multiple times per day.


Procedure

  • Install ksshaskpass if it isn't already. On Plasma 5, the correct package is "ksshaskpass5".
  • Add a script: ~/.kde4/Autostart/ssh-add.sh (KDE4) or ~/.config/autostart-scripts/ssh-add.sh (KDE5), with execute permission, containing:
#!/bin/sh
export SSH_ASKPASS=/usr/lib/ssh/ksshaskpass
/usr/bin/ssh-add -q </dev/null

Starting with openSUSE Tumbleweed 20200826, enter this (/usr/lib/ changed to /usr/libexec/):

#!/bin/sh
export SSH_ASKPASS=/usr/libexec/ssh/ksshaskpass
/usr/bin/ssh-add -q </dev/null


Next time you login, you'll be prompted for your KDE Wallet password and then your passphrase. From then on, no more passphrase prompts.

Tip:

The above ssh-add.sh script will only add the default key ~/.ssh/id_rsa. Assuming you have different SSH keys named key1, key2, key3 in ~/.ssh/, you may add them automatically on login by changing the above script to:

ssh-add -q ~/.ssh/key1 ~/.ssh/key2 ~/.ssh/key3 < /dev/null


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