ssh-agent and /tmp/ssh-* removal at logout

Corinna Vinschen
Wed Feb 23 18:01:00 GMT 2005

On Feb 23 06:18, Jim Kleckner wrote:
> ssh-agent leaves stale directories named /tmp/ssh-xxxx
> that contain the named pipe for authentication.
> These left over directories come about when you log out
> or shut down the computer without stopping ssh-agent
> either by running keychain to shut it down or sending it
> a SIGHUP to exit and clean up.
> Could ssh-agent catch the shutdown message and thus
> do the proper cleanup?  What would that entail?
> Jim
> I noticed that in Karl's script to start keychain:
> that he removes any /tmp/ssh-* pre-existing and presumed
> stale directories left over by dead ssh-agent processes
> and this assumes that there is only one ssh-agent per machine.
> Not as good as actually getting rid of the source of the
> zombie directories.

But it's correct behaviour.  A forcefully killed process usually isn't
in the shape to make cleanup tasks.


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
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