SSH and ssh-agent
"No one likes typing passwords. If people had their way, computers would simply know who they were and what they should have access to without us proving it at every turn. In my last article I showed you how to create SSH Identities/Pubkeys, which can be used as an alternative to password authentication. However, I then went right back and told you to passphrase protect them, so now you were substituting one password for another, seemingly gaining nothing."
(Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 29, 2004 )
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