GNOME-SSH-ASKPASS(1) General Commands Manual GNOME-SSH-ASKPASS(1)
gnome-ssh-askpass – prompts a user for a passphrase using GNOME
gnome-ssh-askpass is a GNOME-based passphrase dialog for use with
OpenSSH. It is intended to be called by the ssh-add program and not
invoked directly. It allows ssh-add 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 /usr/bin/ssh-askpass.
The following environment variables are recognized:
Causes gnome-ssh-askpass to grab the X server before asking for
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 gdk_keyboard_grab().
This manual page was written by Colin Watson
the Debian system (but may be used by others). It was based on that
for x11-ssh-askpass by Philip Hands.