prompts a user for a passphrase using GNOME
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is a GNOME-based passphrase dialog for use with OpenSSH. It
is intended to be called by the ssh-add(1)
program and not invoked directly. It allows
ssh-add(1) to obtain a passphrase from a user,
even if not connected to a terminal (assuming that an X
display is available). This happens automatically in the
case where ssh-add is invoked from one’s
~/.xsession or as one of the GNOME startup programs,
In order to be
called automatically by ssh-add,
gnome-ssh-askpass should be installed as
The following environment variables are recognized:
Causes gnome-ssh-askpass to grab the X server before
asking for a passphrase.
Causes gnome-ssh-askpass to grab the mouse pointer using
gdk_pointer_grab() before asking for a passphrase.
Regardless of whether either of these environment variables is
set, gnome-ssh-askpass will grab the keyboard using
page was written by Colin Watson <cjwatson[:at:]debian[:dot:]org>
for the Debian system (but may be used by others). It was
based on that for x11-ssh-askpass by