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On Thu, 2001-11-08 at 17:46, Jeff Newmiller wrote:
> The general idea is to put your public key on hostbox in
> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys, and your private key on yourbox in 
> (via ssh-keygen).  The debate enters when you choose whether or not
> a passphrase on the private key... and ssh-agent is the answer that 
> you to enter this _once_ instead of every time.  Failing to put any
> passphrase on your private key means you don't have to remember one, 
> it also means anyone who gets their mitts on that file can pretend to 
> you with no further verification.

Passphrases are definitely recommended. And if you like ssh-agent,
check out keychain at http://www.gentoo.org/projects/keychain. This
program allows you to enter a passphrase that is effective across
login sessions, so you can have cron jobs that use ssh.


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