It's Unclear How To Save SSH Passphrases In The GUI
- Passwords and Keys (Seahorse) version: 3.37.2
- Application provider: preinstalled on Ubuntu 20.10
Steps to reproduce
- Look in the GNOME Wiki for instructions on how to cache an SSH passphrase.
- Look in the Arch Linux Wiki, since they're the highest-ranked real documentation.
- Try the Arch Linux Wiki's suggested method, the command
$ /usr/libexec/seahorse/ssh-askpass <key_path>.
- Complain about the jankiness of this method in the Seahorse Issue Tracker.
A Seahorse maintainer will tell you that you're doing it wrong, despite the fact that the documentation doesn't specify otherwise, and the closest thing to official documentation (the Arch Linux Wiki) tells you to do it the way you're explaining.
The GNOME Wiki will explain the correct GUI method for caching SSH passphrases. (Or, more broadly, the GNOME Wiki will provide Seahorse documentation in the first place.) Barring that, the Seahorse maintainers will contribute to the Arch Linux Wiki or some similarly authoritative source and provide the instructions there.
The Arch Linux Wiki is available under the GFDL (lol), so it might be license-compatible to use their text as a starting place for documentation on the GNOME Wiki. If there is an appropriate repository on the GNOME Gitlab for contributing to the documentation, I would be happy to help myself, but I would need some guidance on undocumented behavior.
Note that while this issue is related to #48, it is not strictly a duplicate.