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Old 03-20-2013, 03:22 PM   #1
Registered: Oct 2004
Distribution: Gentoo
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gvfs not working with ssh-agent


I've got Gnome installed and want to connect to a remote server directory over SSH using ECDSA private keys. Since gnome-keyring doesn't support ECDSA I've removed it from the "run at startup" list from Gnome. Instead, when I log in, I run:

ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_ecdsa
That way I get prompted to enter my passphrase when I log in and it adds the keys to OpenSSH agent.

From the command line I can SSH into my machine without being asked for a passphrase.

However if I do:

gvfs-mount sftp://user@machine/home
I always get "permission denied" as if it isn't even trying use the keys held in ssh-agent.

This happens even with DSA or RSA keys.

If I re-enable gnome-keyring at startup, then it will work with RSA/DSA keys (asking for a passphrase) but obviously this doesn't work with ECDSA.

I have this working just fine in Xubuntu so I don't know what is different on my Gentoo install.

Last edited by eponymous; 03-22-2013 at 02:50 PM.
Old 03-22-2013, 01:11 PM   #2
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Ok so I got a bit further with this.

It seems gvfsd is not looking at my SSH_AUTH_SOCK.

If I start "gvfsd -r" in a shell with SSH_AUTH_SOCK set properly then it works.

So what I need to know is how can I set SSH_AUTH_SOCK at startup so the environment that gvfsd runs in will pick it up?

I gues this implies that ssh-agent needs to run before gvfsd as well. Is that possible?
Old 03-22-2013, 02:50 PM   #3
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eval `/usr/bin/ssh-agent`
to my /etc/lightdm/Xsession script fixed the problem.

This ensures that ssh-agent is started and that the variables are exported before any of the other services like GVFS are started.


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