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Could not open a connection to your authentication agent


Question

I am running into this error of:

$ git push heroku master
Warning: Permanently added the RSA host key for IP address '50.19.85.132' to the list of known hosts.
!  Your key with fingerprint b7:fd:15:25:02:8e:5f:06:4f:1c:af:f3:f0:c3:c2:65 is not authorized to access bitstarter.

I tried to add the keys and I get this error below:

$ ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub
Could not open a connection to your authentication agent.
2014/04/29
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4/29/2014 5:02:55 AM


I tried the other solutions to no avail. I made more research and found that the following command worked. I am using Windows 7 and Git Bash.

eval $(ssh-agent)

More information in: https://coderwall.com/p/rdi_wq

2014/05/09

The following command worked for me. I am using CentOS.

exec ssh-agent bash
2013/12/09

MsysGit or Cygwin

If you're using Msysgit or Cygwin you can find a good tutorial at SSH-Agent in msysgit and cygwin and bash:

  1. Add a file called .bashrc to your home folder.

  2. Open the file and paste in:

    #!/bin/bash
    eval `ssh-agent -s`
    ssh-add
    
  3. This assumes that your key is in the conventional ~/.ssh/id_rsa location. If it isn't, include a full path after the ssh-add command.

  4. Add to or create file ~/.ssh/config with the contents

    ForwardAgent yes
    

    In the original tutorial the ForwardAgent param is Yes, but it's a typo. Use all lowercase or you'll get errors.

  5. Restart Msysgit. It will ask you to enter your passphrase once, and that's it (until you end the session, or your ssh-agent is killed.)

Mac/OS X

If you don't want to start a new ssh-agent every time you open a terminal, check out Keychain. I'm on a Mac now, so I used the tutorial ssh-agent with zsh & keychain on Mac OS X to set it up, but I'm sure a Google search will have plenty of info for Windows.

Update: A better solution on Mac is to add your key to the Mac OS Keychain:

ssh-add -K ~/.ssh/id_rsa

Simple as that.

2014/05/25

Could not open a connection to your authentication agent

To resolve this error:

bash:

$ eval `ssh-agent -s`

tcsh:

$ eval `ssh-agent -c`

Then use ssh-add as you normally would.


Hot Tip:

I was always forgetting what to type for the above ssh-agent commands, so I created an alias in my .bashrc file like this:

alias ssh-agent-cyg='eval `ssh-agent -s`'

Now instead of using ssh-agent, I can use ssh-agent-cyg

E.g.

$ ssh-agent-cyg
SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/tmp/ssh-n16KsxjuTMiM/agent.32394; export SSH_AUTH_SOCK;
SSH_AGENT_PID=32395; export SSH_AGENT_PID;
echo Agent pid 32395;
$ ssh-add ~/.ssh/my_pk

Original Source of fix:

http://cygwin.com/ml/cygwin/2011-10/msg00313.html

2015/09/13

Run

ssh-agent bash
ssh-add

To get more details you can search

ssh-agent

or run

man ssh-agent
2019/03/14