Ssh-agent and SSH_AUTH_SOCK

I have a fresh Manjaro installation.
I’ve installed Keepassxc and it told me, that no ssh-agent is running (as it miss SSH_AUTH_SOCK).

So I’ve switched to CLI and check it, and wonder about this:


If I execute ssh-agent, it shows that the SSH_AUTH_SOCK is set to /tmp, but if I echo this variable it return nothing.

Any Idea, whats wrong here?

Do you want KeepassXC as your ssh agent?

Yeah you’re not setting any variable. Exporting empty variable does nothing. Nevermind, I just can’t be arsed to read stupid screenshots of text. Don’t post images of text, copy and paste it as preformatted text </>.

You should export something like this: (in .zshenv or wherever)

export SSH_AUTH_SOCK="$XDG_RUNTIME_DIR/ssh-agent.socket"

No, KeepassXC is a Password-Manager that can inject SSH-Keys right into the agent (if need).
Therefor KeepassXC need to know where ssh-agent is up and running.

But as I shown above, it seems that ssh-agent not to export the ENV-Variable in right way

Ok, thanks.
Can I set this export in my .profile or /etc/environment ?
I mean .bashrc don’t make sense, as I also need it be present via KDE Autostart, right?!

Wherever works… :man_shrugging: I have it in .zshenv.

You didn’t indicate which Desktop/Window manager you’re using.

Typically, it should go in ~/.xprofile.

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Ah ok, sorry, it’s KDE so it would be ~/.xinitrc

You’re using it wrong, ssh-agent prints the commands to export relevant variables as you see in that screenshot (which should have been copy+pasted text).

This suspiciously sounds like it would only work as long as you’re using Xorg.
Perhaps using the existing systemd service will be more robust / future proof:

Starting it, yes, but exporting the environment variable still must be done somewhere.

Ok, you are right, is much cleaner to have it right in the .service-File.

By Default this is set

Description=OpenSSH key agent
Documentation=man:ssh-agent(1) man:ssh-add(1) man:ssh(1)

ExecStart=/usr/bin/ssh-agent -D -a $SSH_AUTH_SOCK


That is equal to what the screenshot (should be text) shows. But I wonder that Keepassxc don’t recognize it.

Because the environment variable does only exists for other systemd services and not for your desktop manager.

Ok, what to do to fix this?
Still don’t work, even

Don’t get it to work after all. Can anybody help?

and additional to that I have in ~/.profile:

# Added by Toolbox App
export PATH="$PATH:/home/me/.local/share/JetBrains/Toolbox/scripts"
export PATH="$PATH:/home/me/.yarn/bin"
export VISUAL="/usr/bin/nano"
export EDITOR="/usr/bin/nano"
export SSH_AUTH_SOCK="${XDG_RUNTIME_DIR}/ssh-agent.socket"

If I execute in bash / cli:

ssh-agent -s
SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/tmp/ssh-XXXXXXhPXM6I/agent.3073; export SSH_AUTH_SOCK;
echo Agent pid 3074;

sudo systemctl enable sshd && sudo systemctl start sshd

Tried it, changed nothing, even not after reboot.

env |grep ssh

systemctl status sshd
● sshd.service - OpenSSH Daemon
     Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/sshd.service; enabled; preset: disabled)
     Active: active (running) since Thu 2024-05-02 12:07:35 CEST; 2min 7s ago
   Main PID: 820 (sshd)
      Tasks: 1 (limit: 38089)
     Memory: 2.1M (peak: 2.8M)
        CPU: 17ms
     CGroup: /system.slice/sshd.service
             └─820 "sshd: /usr/bin/sshd -D [listener] 0 of 10-100 startups"

Mai 02 12:07:35 optimusprime systemd[1]: Started OpenSSH Daemon.
Mai 02 12:07:35 optimusprime sshd[820]: Server listening on port 22.
Mai 02 12:07:35 optimusprime sshd[820]: Server listening on :: port 22.

Ssh-agent and sshd are two very different scenarios.

You need to source the .profile file. Recent updates to lightdm (I believe) changes it so that it does not load this file anymore.

Ok, that might be the right direction, If I do echo $SSH_AUTH_SOCK before and after sourcing the ~/.profile it shows that “after” the variable is set.

But how do I get it load all the time so that KeepassXC can find it?
Seems it need to be some “Xorg11”-Context where this variable need to be available?!

I think I’ve added it to either .xinit or .xprofile.

Didn’t I tell you exactly that 2 months ago? :joy: