Question about ssh-askpass

Damien Miller djm at
Sat Apr 29 18:25:54 EST 2000

On 22 Apr 2000, Daiki Ueno wrote:

> Hello.
> I'm new to the list, and I have some questions.
> I'd like to use ssh as a subprocess, and I'm looking for a generic way
> of passing passphrase. So far as I know, in SSH Communications'
> implementation of SSH, ssh invokes ssh-askpass as well as
> ssh-add does. Lacking of this is just because of security reason?
> Are there any plans to use some kind of readymade option parsing
> routine--such as getopt?

No. If passwords were passed in on the command line, then they would
show up to everyone else on the system in a "ps".

You could either use ssh-agent or create key files without 


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