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I use WSL with Ubuntu on my laptop to develop on Linux while I'm away from my desktop (with native Linux, where I don't experience any problems like this). I have private git repo setup, and I use ssh to connect to it. I have ssh configured (in .ssh/config), and I have multiple keys for my VPS, GitHub, other VPS user account etc. so I use ssh-add on my desktop to manage them. But on my laptop, in WSL, when I try to connect to my VPS, ssh asks for the passphrase to the key. When I try to do ssh-add .ssh/mykey I get an error:

$ ssh-add .ssh/mykey
Could not open a connection to your authentication agent.

But ssh-agent is running:

$ ps -e | grep ssh
4455 ?        00:00:00 ssh-agent
5517 ?        00:00:00 sshd
6164 pts/0    00:00:00 ssh

I don't see why is there a problem. If I kill currently running ssh-agent and launch it again (using eval $(ssh-agent -s)) it works fine.

  • For normal SSH in Windows to WSL in localhost, the configuration PasswordAuthentication yes must be added in /etc/ssh/sshd_config file. – Biswapriyo Oct 2 '18 at 20:23

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