I recently created an SSH public/private keypair on my Mac OSX Yosemite system and for this use-case, I wanted to encrypt the private key with a passphrase.

However, the first time I attempted to use this key, I was surprised to see a GUI component overlay itself over my terminal ... that is the first time I had ever seen (or heard of) keychain.

I want nothing to do with this. I want the passphrase to exist nowhere but my own head - not even in an encrypted or keychain-vaulted safe space.

So I learned about the ssh config option 'AskPassGUI no' and that seems to have solved my problem. I use that ssh key and keychain seems to not be invoked and there are no GUI pop-ups, etc.

But I'm suspicious ... I never liked that little Unicode key character that the Mac terminal inserts into the passphrase dialog in the terminal - it makes me think there are processes or services overlaying the terminal.

My question:

With AskPassGUI set to no, and no sign of keychain popping up, am I saving/caching/storing either my key, or my passphrase ... or anything ... inside OSX ?

Or am I having the simple, basic, text only relationship with my terminal that I hope to be having ?


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