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Old 06-06-2014, 03:16 PM   #1
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I need help understanding Interactions between gpg-agent and gnome-keyring

Since I do not have a firm grasp on how keychains agents interact with each other let me first attempt to describe what I am trying to do. I run an arch linux machine and spend time in both an x session and just a plain tty session and what I am looking to do is set up a keychain that will work outside of an X session and inside an X session while at the same time having the keychain linked to my user session so when my last log out ends the key chain closes. My main goal is to cache email passwords and pass codes to ssh keys as well as ssh keys themselves.

Where I am at so far is the part that I am confused at. I read that gpg-agent can be drop in replace ssh-agent while gnome-keyring has an interface to gpg-agent and also can cache ssh keys. Is gnome-keyring gpg-agent compatibility just a forwarder requiring gpg-agent to be running to use the service or is gnome-keyring a drop in replacement for both ssh-agent and gpg-agent. Also when regards to both of them is there issue upon leaving or joining an X session. Finally I have been working out the kinks of trying to a start up script to execute in my bash profile to daemonize one or both of these programs during the life of my login session but if I do so they survive after my last session is ended still running with a remainent of a session which seems like a big security risk to me but I could be wrong I do not know.
Old 06-21-2014, 01:20 PM   #2
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This was the only article I could find online that is remotely close to your circumstances.

I looked online and tried to find out if gnome-keyring can be a drop in replacement and couldn't find any evidence to support a yes. Is gpg and ssh keys interchangeable?

Maybe other Arch Linux users with this experience will chime in.
Sorry I don't know more:-


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