The Lord of the Keys

David Tomaschik david at
Mon Apr 1 23:15:44 CEST 2013

On Sun, Mar 31, 2013 at 1:41 PM, Ken Kundert <admin at>wrote:

> I am currently using gpg-agent to hold both my gpg and ssh keys. I use two
> ssh
> keys, which means that when I log in I have to give up to four passphrases
> to
> unlock all of my keys. Given that gpg-agent is primarily a labor-saving
> device,
> I am wondering if it would be possible to configure it to accept just one
> passphrase and unlock all of my keys.
> I believe I can do this using gnome-keyring, but at the moment
> gnome-keyring
> does not work with gpg on Fedora 18 for me because some incompatibility
> between
> the two programs. And frankly, I'd like to avoid the use of gnome-keyring
> if
> I can. So my question, is it possible to configure gpg-agent so that one
> passphrase can unlock all of my keys?
> -Ken
This isn't really a direct answer, but you can use your GPG key material
for SSH purposes and then you only need to unlock the GPG keys...

David Tomaschik
OpenPGP: 0x5DEA789B
david at
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