Use the same passphrase for PGP and SSH keys and get prompted only once by gpg-agent

Ben McGinnes ben at
Wed Feb 21 07:27:34 CET 2018

On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 04:55:19PM +0100, Werner Koch wrote:
> On Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:03, ambrevar at said:
> > Thanks for the detailed answer.  But why not doing it for SSH then?
> I like to see when an ssh key is used the first time.  Note that the
> maximum caching time for ssh keys can be configured independent from the
> caching time of other keys.

Probably wise.

> > Just because it's less common?  Would there be any way to configure this?
> No, there is no way to configure an extra hack to also test a passphrase
> for an ssh key.

Wanna bet?

I thought of one way, but really is a hack and it's predicated on the
standard key access being invoked first.  If SSH always comes first
then it won't work.

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