Duvdevan Duvdevan - 27 days ago 6
Bash Question

How to check if ssh-agent is already running in bash?

I have a sample

sh
script on my Linux environment, which basically run's the
ssh-agent
for the current shell, adds a key to it and runs two git commands:

#!/bin/bash
eval "$(ssh-agent -s)"
ssh-add /home/duvdevan/.ssh/id_rsa

git -C /var/www/duvdevan/ reset --hard origin/master
git -C /var/www/duvdevan/ pull origin master


Script actually works fine, but every time I run it I get a new process so I think it might become a performance issue and I might end up having useless processes out there.

An example of the output:

Agent pid 12109
Identity added: /home/duvdevan/.ssh/custom_rsa (rsa w/o comment)


Also, along with all this, is it possible to find an existing
ssh-agent
process and add my keys into it?

Answer

If you want it to be killed right after the script exits, you can just add this after the eval line:

trap "kill $SSH_AGENT_PID" exit

Or:

trap "ssh-agent -k" exit

$SSH_AGENT_PID gets set in the eval of ssh-agent -s.

You should be able to find running ssh-agents by scanning through /tmp/ssh-* and reconstruct the SSH_AGENT variables from it (SSH_AUTH_SOCK and SSH_AGENT_PID).