Private key export for SSH

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at
Wed Oct 12 23:51:30 CEST 2016

On Wed 2016-10-12 11:52:19 -0400, John Lane wrote:
> This is just an observation. I thought that perhaps, if I had an
> extracted private key, that I could use "ssh-add" to add it and remove
> the need to manually edit "sshcontrol". I tried:
> $ ssh-add alice.key
> Identity added: alice.key (alice.key)
> Looking good. However...
> $ ssh-add -l
> The agent has no identities.
> No joy. I realise the documented way is to edit the sshcontrol file and
> put the keygrip into it. But the positive output above is misleading.
> That's where gpg knows about the key (e.g. on the machine where the
> extract was done). The "ssh-add alice.key" works if the key is unknown
> to gpg - the keygrip is written to sshcontrol and to private-keys-v1.d.
> furthermore, importing the alice.gpg key afterwards works fine too.
> # RSA key added on: 2016-10-12 15:44:05
> # MD5 Fingerprint:  d0:d1:43:af:ec:4a:4c:92:7c:af:1f:70:92:13:89:16
> 817A3B5A8596096E8AC2932617C10E4181F09B55 0

It looks to me like you're referring to , which was marked as "resolved".

I just re-opened it to "chatting".

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