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       gnome-ssh-askpass - prompts a user for a passphrase using GNOME




       gnome-ssh-askpass  is  a  GNOME-based  passphrase  dialog  for use with
       OpenSSH.  It is intended to be called by the ssh-add(1) program and not
       invoked  directly.   It allows ssh-add(1) to obtain a passphrase from a
       user, even if not connected to a terminal (assuming that an  X  display
       is available).  This happens automatically in the case where ssh-add is
       invoked from one’s ~/.xsession or as one of the GNOME startup programs,
       for example.

       In  order  to  be  called  automatically  by ssh-add, gnome-ssh-askpass
       should be installed as /usr/bin/ssh-askpass.


       The following environment variables are recognized:

              Causes gnome-ssh-askpass to grab the X server before asking  for
              a passphrase.

              Causes   gnome-ssh-askpass  to  grab  the  mouse  pointer  using
              gdk_pointer_grab() before asking for a passphrase.

       Regardless of whether either of these  environment  variables  is  set,
       gnome-ssh-askpass will grab the keyboard using gdk_keyboard_grab().


       This  manual page was written by Colin Watson <> for
       the Debian system (but may be used by others).  It was  based  on  that
       for x11-ssh-askpass by Philip Hands.