"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Keychains and pretty things

After a few minutes of looking around, I've discovered quite a bit of useful documentation, most of it describing the use of shiny things which Just Work.

I've been using ssh forever, and yet never knew about the ForwardAgent feature... because I've never really thought to use ssh-agent. Well, it's nice to think "Hm, it'd be useful if..." and have it already done.

This series of articles written by the Gentoo Linux Chief Architect describe a few nifty tricks with ssh and ssh-agent, using the Gentoo-supplied keychain program.

This howto has a few useful aliases in it for starting keychain on login and sourcing the env vars so you can get access to your agents identities. Don't forget the "-q" switch so you don't get that Gentoo-default green and blue spam screen. What's with Gentoo and green and blue console messages, anyway?

At any rate, all of this will be included in my eventual HOW-TO for work, which will be released here as well.

So much useful software, and so easy to use.

January 23, 2004 6:43 AM