Is it good for agent forwarding to creates socket in /tmp/

Damien Miller djm at
Thu Nov 2 16:18:21 AEDT 2017

On Thu, 2 Nov 2017, tran dung wrote:

> Hi Alexander Wuerstlein
> Thank for the information.
> Now I agree that it's better to save the socket in /tmp/
> I checked the source code and found that it is hard-coded.
>         /* Allocate a buffer for the socket name, and format the name. */
>         auth_sock_dir = xstrdup("/tmp/ssh-XXXXXXXXXX");
> It would be nice if openssh provides an option to overwrite this default.

It does: "ssh-agent -a /path". You'll need to do your own 'mktemp -d'
or equivalent to get a temporary directory if you want a random-looking


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