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Re: A question about ssh-agent

On 20120206_110312, Bob Proulx wrote:
> Vincent Lefevre wrote:
> > Erwan David wrote:
> > > Vincent Lefevre said:
> > > > But it shouldn't. It should be the user who decides whether he wants
> > > > to start ssh-agent (since it is a user process), not the admin.
> > > 
> > > Not necessarily : the user uses it or not through ssh-add.
> > 
> > Yes, but ssh-agent is still started even if the user doesn't want it.
> > On my machine, it was interfering with my own system to automatically
> > start ssh-agent when needed (until I changed my config to kill this
> > ssh-agent).
> This is a problem of opposing goals.  One group wants the system to be
> popular and easy to use for novices.  The other group wants it to have
> technical excellence.  It is exactly with issues such as this that
> they are opposing goals.
> Bob

I'm finding more puzzles than answers. When I try to ssh into big the
behavior is different from that for sshing into cmn. For big a debug
trace indicates that the had shaking and mutual indentification is
going well until there is a message

"debug1: Roaming not allowed by server"

Then the process switches over to asking for a password, which I
am trying to avoid. I can't find any information on "Roaming". I
don't have any idea what the word might mean in this context. It
isn't mentioned in any documentation that I have searched. Any
ideas? Or leads?

If 'roaming' is not allowed, perhaps setting something some config
file will make it be allowed.

Paul E Condon           

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