GnuPG #

Use as ssh-agent on Gnome #

In order to use the gpg-agent’s builtin ssh agent, you need to inhibit the default gnome-keyring-daemon and set SSH_AUTH_SOCK to the correct path. First disable the default keyring agent:

cat /etc/xdg/autostart/gnome-keyring-ssh.desktop <(echo "Hidden=true") \
  > ~/.config/autostart/gnome-keyring-ssh.desktop'

Then place the following in ~/.config/systemd/user/ssh-auth-sock.service and do the usual systemctl --user daemon-reload && systemctl --user enable --now ssh-auth-sock dance. (See here on why we need the GSM_SKIP_SSH_AGENT_WORKAROUND).

Description=Set SSH_AUTH_SOCK to GnuPG agent

ExecStart=/usr/bin/bash -c 'systemctl --user set-environment \
  SSH_AUTH_SOCK=$(gpgconf --list-dirs agent-ssh-socket) \


You might also need to add this to your ~/.bashrc or similar:

echo UPDATESTARTUPTTY | gpg-connect-agent >/dev/null

Then logout or reboot.