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=== Types of Edits ===
== Introduction ==
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<tt>Keychain</tt> helps you to manage SSH and GPG keys in a convenient and secure manner. It acts as a frontend to <tt>ssh-agent</tt> and <tt>ssh-add</tt>, but allows you to easily have one long running <tt>ssh-agent</tt> process per system, rather than the norm of one <tt>ssh-agent</tt> per login session.
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Before we get started, let's review what changes are okay to make, and what changes are not okay:
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This dramatically reduces the number of times you need to enter your passphrase. With <tt>keychain</tt>, you only need to enter a passphrase once every time your local machine is rebooted. <tt>Keychain</tt> also makes it easy for remote cron jobs to securely &quot;hook in&quot; to a long running <tt>ssh-agent</tt> process, allowing your scripts to take advantage of key-based logins.
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|title=Keychain (SSH/GPG Key Management)
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|keywords=keychain,ssh,gpg,funtoo,linux,gentoo,Daniel Robbins
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|description=Keychain is a shell script that helps you to manage your SSH and GPG keys more easily.
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== Download and Resources ==
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The latest release of keychain is version <tt>2.7.2_beta1</tt>, and was released on July 7, 2014. The current version of keychain supports <tt>gpg-agent</tt> as well as <tt>ssh-agent</tt>.
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{{TableStart}}
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<tr class="active"><th>Type of Change</th><th>Okay?</th></tr>
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<tr><td>Grammar/spelling fixes</td><td>Yes</td></tr>
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<tr><td>New wiki content</td><td>Yes</td></tr>
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<tr><td>New package information</td><td>Yes</td></tr>
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<tr><td>Adding to existing article</td><td>Maybe -- see below</td></tr>
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<tr><td>Adding missing/incomplete information</td><td>Yes</td></tr>
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<tr><td>Making corrections</td><td>Yes</td></tr>
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<tr class="danger"><td>Adding work-arounds to problems experienced</td><td>No - open bug first on [http://bugs.funtoo.org bug tracker].</td></tr>
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Keychain is compatible with many operating systems, including <tt>AIX</tt>, <tt>*BSD</tt>, <tt>Cygwin</tt>, <tt>MacOS X</tt>, <tt>Linux</tt>, <tt>HP/UX</tt>, <tt>Tru64 UNIX</tt>, <tt>IRIX</tt>, <tt>Solaris</tt> and <tt>GNU Hurd</tt>.
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{{important|Note that if you experience some problem with Funtoo Linux, during installation or otherwise, the proper course of action is to not add a work-around to our documentation, but to ''open a bug on our bug tracker.'' This is important because the problem you experienced may be a legitimate bug and the solution may be to fix the bug rather than add a work-around to our documentation. We may end up fixing a bug, making a documentation fix, or possibly both.}}
  
=== Download ===
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=== Basics ===
  
* ''Release Archive''
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Here is a list of basic wiki information that you will need to know to get started:
** [http://www.funtoo.org/distfiles/keychain/keychain-2.7.2_beta1.tar.bz2 keychain 2.7.2_beta1]
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** [http://www.funtoo.org/distfiles/keychain/keychain-2.7.1.tar.bz2 keychain 2.7.1]
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* ''Apple MacOS X Packages''
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* First, to perform edits on the wiki, you must {{CreateAccount}} and log in.
** [http://www.funtoo.org/distfiles/keychain/keychain-2.7.1-macosx.tar.gz keychain 2.7.1 MacOS X package]
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* You can create a new page by navigating to http://www.funtoo.org/New_Page_Name. Underscores are the equivalent of spaces. Then select "Create" under the "Actions" menu.
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* Whether creating a new page or editing an existing page by clicking "Edit", you will be presented with Web-based text editor that allows you to modify the ''wikitext'' of the page. The wikitext is rendered to produce the document you see when you view the page normally.
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* Another fun thing you can do is click on your name under the "Account" menu once you have logged in. This will bring you to your "User" page. Then click "Create with Form" unde the "Actions" menu and enter your geographic and other information. This will allow you to be displayed on our [[Usermap]] and will also allow your full name to be displayed on [[:Category:Ebuilds|Ebuild pages]] for which you are an author. It's generally a good idea to do this.
  
Keychain development sources can be found in the [http://www.github.com/funtoo/keychain keychain git repository]. Please use the [https://bugs.funtoo.org Funtoo Linux bug tracker] and [irc://irc.freenode.net/funtoo #funtoo irc channel] for keychain support questions as well as bug reports.
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{{tip|The following sections document how to use wikitext and Funtoo templates on the Funtoo wiki.}}
  
=== Project History ===
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=== Paragraphs ===
  
Daniel Robbins originally wrote <tt>keychain</tt> 1.0 through 2.0.3. 1.0 was written around June 2001, and 2.0.3 was released in late August, 2002.
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To create a new paragraph, insert a blank line between two lines of text. If a blank line doesn't exist between two lines of wikitext, they will be combined into a single flowing paragraph.
  
After 2.0.3, <tt>keychain</tt> was maintained by various Gentoo developers, including Seth Chandler, Mike Frysinger and Robin H. Johnson, through July 3, 2003.
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If you leave leading whitespace at the beginning of a line, MediaWiki will render it as pre-formatted text. Beware of this. Here's an example:
  
On April 21, 2004, Aron Griffis committed a major rewrite of <tt>keychain</tt> which was released as 2.2.0. Aron continued to actively maintain and improve <tt>keychain</tt> through October 2006 and the <tt>keychain</tt> 2.6.8 release. He also made a few commits after that date, up through mid-July, 2007. At this point, <tt>keychain</tt> had reached a point of maturity.
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foobar
  
In mid-July, 2009, Daniel Robbins migrated Aron's mercurial repository to git and set up a new project page on funtoo.org, and made a few bug fix commits to the git repo that had been collecting in [http://bugs.gentoo.org bugs.gentoo.org]. Daniel continues to maintain <tt>keychain</tt> and supporting documentation on funtoo.org, and plans to make regular maintenance releases of <tt>keychain</tt> as needed.
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This can rear its ugly head when specifying template parameters, so you will get this:
  
== Quick Setup ==
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{{note| ugh!}}
  
=== Linux ===
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...instead of this:
  
To install under Gentoo or Funtoo Linux, type
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{{note|This looks much better!}}
<console>
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###i## emerge keychain
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</console>
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For other Linux distributions, use your distribution's package manager, or download and install using the source tarball above. Then generate RSA/DSA keys if necessary. The quick install docs assume you have a DSA key pair named <tt>id_dsa</tt> and <tt>id_dsa.pub</tt> in your <tt>~/.ssh/</tt> directory. Add the following to your <tt>~/.bash_profile</tt>:
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=== Page and Section Capitalization ===
  
{{file|name=~/.bash_profile|body=
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In general, capitalize all words in page names and section heading except:
eval `keychain --eval --agents ssh id_rsa`
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* Articles: a, an, the
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* Coordinating Conjunctions: and, but, or, for, nor, etc.
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* Prepositions (fewer than five letters): on, at, to, from, by, etc.
  
If you want to take advantage of GPG functionality, ensure that GNU Privacy Guard is installed and omit the <tt>--agents ssh</tt> option above.
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=== Document Hierarchy ===
  
=== Apple MacOS X ===
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Use section headings to create a document hierarchy for your page. These will define the table of contents that appears at the top of the wiki page. Create chapters, sections and sub-sections as follows:
  
To install under MacOS X, install the MacOS X package for keychain. Assuming you have an <tt>id_dsa</tt> and <tt>id_dsa.pub</tt> key pair in your <tt>~/.ssh/</tt> directory, add the following to your <tt>~/.bash_profile</tt>:
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<pre>= Page Title =
  
{{file|name=~/.bash_profile|body=
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== Chapter Title ==
eval `keychain --eval --agents ssh --inherit any id_dsa`
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{{Fancynote|The <tt>--inherit any</tt> option above causes keychain to inherit any ssh key passphrases stored in your Apple MacOS Keychain. If you would prefer for this to not happen, then this option can be omitted.}}
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=== Section Title ===
  
== Background ==
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==== SubSection Title ====
  
You're probably familiar with <tt>ssh</tt>, which has become a secure replacement for the venerable <tt>telnet</tt> and <tt>rsh</tt> commands.
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</pre>
  
Typically, when one uses <tt>ssh</tt> to connect to a remote system, one supplies a secret passphrase to <tt>ssh</tt>, which is then passed in encrypted form over the network to the remote server. This passphrase is used by the remote <tt>sshd</tt> server to determine if you should be granted access to the system.
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{{Note|By default, Table of Contents is disabled on the Funtoo wiki. If you would like to enable the TOC, you can place a <code><nowiki>__TOC__</nowiki></code> on a blank line where you'd like the Table of Contents to appear, or place <code><nowiki>__FORCETOC__</nowiki></code> on a blank line anywhere in the wikitext to force the TOC to appear at the top of the page.}}
  
However, OpenSSH and nearly all other SSH clients and servers have the ability to perform another type of authentication, called asymmetric public key authentication, using the RSA or DSA authentication algorithms. They are very useful, but can also be complicated to use. <tt>keychain</tt> has been designed to make it easy to take advantage of the benefits of RSA and DSA authentication.
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In general, when creating new documents, it's best to use level-3 (three "="'s) Section Titles to break up content. Level-2 Section Titles are best used for major sections of larger documents. Use them infrequently. Level-1 Section Titles generally do not need to be used.
  
== Generating a Key Pair ==
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=== Links ===
  
To use RSA and DSA authentication, first you use a program called <tt>ssh-keygen</tt> (included with OpenSSH) to generate a ''key pair'' -- two small files. One of the files is the ''public key''. The other small file contains the ''private key''. <tt>ssh-keygen</tt> will ask you for a passphrase, and this passphrase will be used to encrypt your private key. You will need to supply this passphrase to use your private key. If you wanted to generate a DSA key pair, you would do this:
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Internal links to other wiki pages can be specified as <tt><nowiki>[[pagename]]</nowiki></tt>. To specify an alternate name for the link, use <tt><nowiki>[[pagename|my link name]]</nowiki></tt>.
  
<console># ##i##ssh-keygen -t dsa
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For external links, use <tt><nowiki>[http://funtoo.org my link]</nowiki></tt> to specify a URL. If you want the URL to appear in the wikitext, you can specify it without brackets: http://forums.funtoo.org.
Generating public/private dsa key pair.</console>
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You would then be prompted for a location to store your key pair. If you do not have one currently stored in <tt>~/.ssh</tt>, it is fine to accept the default location:
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<console>Enter file in which to save the key (/root/.ssh/id_dsa): </console>
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=== Lists ===
Then, you are prompted for a passphrase. This passphrase is used to encrypt the ''private key'' on disk, so even if it is stolen, it will be difficult for someone else to use it to successfully authenticate as you with any accounts that have been configured to recognize your public key.
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Note that conversely, if you '''do not''' provide a passphrase for your private key file, then your private key file '''will not''' be encrypted. This means that if someone steals your private key file, ''they will have the full ability to authenticate with any remote accounts that are set up with your public key.''
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MediaWiki supports a number of list formats:
  
Below, I have supplied a passphrase so that my private key file will be encrypted on disk:
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* Unordered List
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* Unordered Item 2
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** Unordered sub-item
  
<console>Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase): ##i#########
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# Ordered List
Enter same passphrase again: ##i#########
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# Ordered Item 2
Your identification has been saved in /var/tmp/id_dsa.
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## Ordered sub-item
Your public key has been saved in /var/tmp/id_dsa.pub.
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The key fingerprint is:
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5c:13:ff:46:7d:b3:bf:0e:37:1e:5e:8c:7b:a3:88:f4 root@devbox-ve
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The key's randomart image is:
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+--[ DSA 1024]----+
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|          .      |
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|          o  . |
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|          o . ..o|
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|      . . . o  +|
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|        S    o. |
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|            . o.|
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|        .  ..++|
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|        . o . =o*|
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|        . E .+*.|
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+-----------------+</console>
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== Setting up Authentication ==
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;Term: This is called a "definition list". It is used when defining various terms.
  
Here's how you use these files to authenticate with a remote server. On the remote server, you would append the contents of your ''public key'' to the <tt>~.ssh/authorized_keys</tt> file, if such a file exists. If it doesn't exist, you can simply create a new <tt>authorized_keys</tt> file in the remote account's <tt>~/.ssh</tt> directory that contains the contents of your local <tt>id_dsa.pub</tt> file.
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If you need to quote a portion of text from another site, use <tt><nowiki><blockquote></nowiki></tt> as follows:
  
Then, if you weren't going to use <tt>keychain</tt>, you'd perform the following steps. On your local client, you would start a program called <tt>ssh-agent</tt>, which runs in the background. Then you would use a program called <tt>ssh-add</tt> to tell <tt>ssh-agent</tt> about your secret private key. Then, if you've set up your environment properly, the next time you run <tt>ssh</tt>, it will find <tt>ssh-agent</tt> running, grab the private key that you added to <tt>ssh-agent</tt> using <tt>ssh-add</tt>, and use this key to authenticate with the remote server.
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<blockquote>
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Wikipedia (ˌwɪkɨˈpiːdiə/ or wɪkiˈpiːdiə/ wik-i-pee-dee-ə) is a collaboratively edited, multilingual, free-access, free content Internet encyclopedia that is supported and hosted by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Volunteers worldwide collaboratively write Wikipedia's 30 million articles in 287 languages, including over 4.5 million in the English Wikipedia. Anyone who can access the site can edit almost any of its articles, which on the Internet comprise[4] the largest and most popular general reference work.[5][6][7][8][9] In February 2014, The New York Times reported that Wikipedia is ranked fifth globally among all websites stating, "With 18 billion page views and nearly 500 million unique visitors a month..., Wikipedia trails just Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft and Google, the largest with 1.2 billion unique visitors."[10]
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</blockquote>
  
Again, the steps in the previous paragraph is what you'd do if <tt>keychain</tt> wasn't around to help. If you are using <tt>keychain</tt>, and I hope you are, you would simply add the following line to your <tt>~/.bash_profile</tt> or if a regular user to<tt>~/.bashrc</tt> :
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=== Literal Text and HTML Symbols ===
  
{{file|name=~/.bash_profile|body=
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Here is wikitext for the section above, which I am displaying by placing the literal wikitext between a &#60;pre&#62; and &#60;/pre&#62; tag. If you want to disable wikitext processing for an inline span of text, use &#60;nowiki&#62; and &#60;/nowiki&#62;. If you want to print out a tag literally, use &amp;#60; and &amp;#62; (In the wikitext, I used &amp;amp;#60; and &amp;amp;#62 to display these!)
eval `keychain --eval id_dsa`
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}}
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The next time you log in or source your <tt>~/.bash_profile</tt> or if you use <tt>~/.bashrc</tt>, <tt>keychain</tt> will start, start <tt>ssh-agent</tt> for you if it has not yet been started, use <tt>ssh-add</tt> to add your <tt>id_dsa</tt> private key file to <tt>ssh-agent</tt>, and set up your shell environment so that <tt>ssh</tt> will be able to find <tt>ssh-agent</tt>. If <tt>ssh-agent</tt> is already running, <tt>keychain</tt> will ensure that your <tt>id_dsa</tt> private key has been added to <tt>ssh-agent</tt> and then set up your environment so that <tt>ssh</tt> can find the already-running <tt>ssh-agent</tt>. It will look something like this:
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<pre>
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* Unordered List
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* Unordered Item 2
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** Unordered sub-item
  
Note that when <tt>keychain</tt> runs for the first time after your local system has booted, you will be prompted for a passphrase for your private key file if it is encrypted. But here's the nice thing about using <tt>keychain</tt> -- even if you are using an encrypted private key file, you will only need to enter your passphrase when your system first boots (or in the case of a server, when you first log in.) After that, <tt>ssh-agent</tt> is already running and has your decrypted private key cached in memory. So if you open a new shell, you will see something like this:
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# Ordered List
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# Ordered Item 2
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## Ordered sub-item
  
This means that you can now <tt>ssh</tt> to your heart's content, without supplying a passphrase.
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;Term: This is called a "definition list". It is used when defining various terms.
  
You can also execute batch <tt>cron</tt> jobs and scripts that need to use <tt>ssh</tt> or <tt>scp</tt>, and they can take advantage of passwordless RSA/DSA authentication as well. To do this, you would add the following line to the top of a bash script:
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If you need to quote a portion of text from another site, use <tt><nowiki><blockquote></nowiki></tt> as follows:
  
{{file|name=example-script.sh|body=
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<blockquote>
eval `keychain --noask --eval id_dsa` || exit 1
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Wikipedia (ˌwɪkɨˈpiːdiə/ or wɪkiˈpiːdiə/ wik-i-pee-dee-ə) is a collaboratively edited, multilingual, free-access,
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free content Internet encyclopedia that is supported and hosted by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Volunteers
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worldwide collaboratively write Wikipedia's 30 million articles in 287 languages, including over 4.5 million in the
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English Wikipedia. Anyone who can access the site can edit almost any of its articles, which on the Internet
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comprise[4] the largest and most popular general reference work.[5][6][7][8][9] In February 2014, The New York
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Times reported that Wikipedia is ranked fifth globally among all websites stating, "With 18 billion page views
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and nearly 500 million unique visitors a month..., Wikipedia trails just Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft and Google,
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the largest with 1.2 billion unique visitors."[10]
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</blockquote>
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</pre>
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=== Linking to Packages ===
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This template will create a link to the official wiki page for sys-apps/portage, and render using the official "English" page name, as follows:
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{{Package|sys-apps/portage}}
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{{Package|sys-foo/undocumented-ebuild}}
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<tr><td>Value 3</td><td>Value 4</td></tr>
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{{TableEnd}}
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</pre>
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This wil render as follows:
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<tr class="info"><th>Header 1</th><th>Header 2</th></tr>
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<tr><td>Value 1</td><td>Value 2</td></tr>
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<tr><td>Value 3</td><td>Value 4</td></tr>
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{{TableEnd}}
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{{tip|This table syntax has an added benefit of creating a responsive table that renders properly on mobile devices.}}
  
The extra <tt>--noask</tt> option tells <tt>keychain</tt> that it should not prompt for a passphrase if one is needed. Since it is not running interactively, it is better for the script to fail if the decrypted private key isn't cached in memory via <tt>ssh-agent</tt>.
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It is possible to use the following CSS classes with <code>tr</code> (rows) and <code>td/th</code> elements to color them as desired:
  
== Keychain Options ==
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{{TableStart}}
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<tr class="active"><td>Class Name</td></tr>
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<tr class="success"><td>success</td></tr>
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<tr class="info"><td>info</td></tr>
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<tr class="warning"><td>warning</td></tr>
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<tr class="active"><td>active</td></tr>
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<tr class="danger"><td>danger</td></tr>
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{{TableEnd}}
  
=== Specifying Agents ===
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=== Displaying Source Code ===
  
In the images above, you will note that <tt>keychain</tt> starts <tt>ssh-agent</tt>, but also starts <tt>gpg-agent</tt>. Modern versions of <tt>keychain</tt> also support caching decrypted GPG keys via use of <tt>gpg-agent</tt>, and will start <tt>gpg-agent</tt> by default if it is available on your system. To avoid this behavior and only start <tt>ssh-agent</tt>, modify your <tt>~/.bash_profile</tt> as follows:
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To display source code, use can use the file template, specifying a <tt>lang=</tt> parameter:
  
{{file|name=~/.bash_profile|body=
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<pre>
eval `keychain --agents ssh --eval id_dsa` || exit 1
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{{file|name=foobar|lang=python|desc=foobarosity|body=
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import system
 
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</pre>
  
The additional <tt>--agents ssh</tt> option tells <tt>keychain</tt> just to manage <tt>ssh-agent</tt>, and ignore <tt>gpg-agent</tt> even if it is available.
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This will produce:
  
=== Clearing Keys ===
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{{file|name=foobar|lang=python|desc=foobarosity|body=
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import system
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Sometimes, it might be necessary to flush all cached keys in memory. To do this, type:
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The parameters {{c|name}} (filename), {{c|lang}} (language for syntax highlighting) and {{c|desc}} (Description, appearing as a caption) are optional. For a list of supported languages, see [http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:SyntaxHighlight_GeSHi#Supported_languages this list].
  
<console># ##i##keychain --clear</console>
 
Any agent(s) will continue to run.
 
  
=== Improving Security ===
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To improve the security of <tt>keychain</tt>, some people add the <tt>--clear</tt> option to their <tt>~/.bash_profile</tt> <tt>keychain</tt> invocation. The rationale behind this is that any user logging in should be assumed to be an intruder until proven otherwise. This means that you will need to re-enter any passphrases when you log in, but cron jobs will still be able to run when you log out.
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=== Displaying Text File Contents ===
  
=== Stopping Agents ===
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For displaying the contents of non-programming language text files (like config files), you have two options. You can enclose your lines within <tt>&#60;pre&#62;</tt> tags, or use the new [[Template:File|file template]]. The file template is used like so:
  
If you want to stop all agents, which will also of course cause your keys/identities to be flushed from memory, you can do this as follows:
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{{file|name=/etc/foo.conf|desc=My foo.conf file|body=
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# $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/src/patchsets/glibc/extra/etc/host.conf,v 1.1 2006/09/29
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}}
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</pre>
  
<console># ##i##keychain -k all</console>
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This will produce:
If you have other agents running under your user account, you can also tell <tt>keychain</tt> to just stop only the agents that <tt>keychain</tt> started:
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<console># ##i##keychain -k mine</console>
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{{file|name=/etc/foo.conf|desc=My foo.conf file|body=
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# /etc/host.conf:
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# $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/src/patchsets/glibc/extra/etc/host.conf,v 1.1 2006/09/29
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=== GPG ===
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=== Console ===
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Keychain can ask you for your GPG passphrase if you provide it the GPG key ID. To find it out:
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<pre>
 
<console>
 
<console>
$##i## gpg -k
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###i## run a command as root
pub  2048R/DEADBEEF 2012-08-16
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</console>
uid                  Name (Comment) <email@host.tld>
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</pre>
sub  2048R/86D2FAC6 2012-08-16
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<console>
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###i## run a command as root
 
</console>
 
</console>
  
Note the '''DEADBEEF''' above is the ID. Then, in your login script, do your usual
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<pre>
 
<console>
 
<console>
$##i## keychain --dir ~/.ssh/.keychain ~/.ssh/id_rsa DEADBEEF
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$ ##i##run a command as user
$##i## source ~/.ssh/.keychain/$HOST-sh
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$##i## source ~/.ssh/.keychain/$HOST-sh-gpg
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</console>
 
</console>
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</pre>
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<console>
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$ ##i##run a command as user
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</console>
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{{important|1=
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Note that we use a <tt>#</tt> prompt for <tt>root</tt> and a <tt>$</tt> prompt to denote a non-root user.}}
 +
 +
{{important|The <tt>##i##</tt> text tags the rest of the line as being ''user input'' ("i" is for "input"). It is then highlighted in a noticeable color so it stands out from text that is not typed in by the user.}}
 +
 +
If you need to end highlighting of user input prior to the end of a line, use <code>##!i##</code> to mark the end of the highlighted area.
 +
 +
The following special character sequences are also available:
 +
* <code>##g##</code> - Green
 +
* <code>##y##</code> - Yellow
 +
* <code>##bl##</code> - Blue
 +
* <code>##r##</code> - Red
 +
* <code>##b##</code> - Bold
 +
 +
Please use the above coloring options sparingly. It is sometimes nice to use them to get wiki console output to match the colors that are displayed on a Linux console. Also note that for every color above, there is a matching <code>##!(colorcode)##</code> option to turn color off prior to end of line.
 +
 +
Here is an example of its use:<console>
 +
# ##i##bluetoothctl
 +
[##g##NEW##!g##] Controller 00:02:72:C9:62:65 antec [default]
 +
##bl##[bluetooth]##!bl###power on
 +
Changing power on succeeded
 +
##bl##[bluetooth]##!bl### ##i##agent on
 +
Agent registered
 +
##bl##[bluetooth]##!bl### ##i##scan on
 +
Discovery started
 +
##bl##[bluetooth]##!bl### ##i##devices
 +
Device 00:1F:20:3D:1E:75 Logitech K760
 +
##bl##[bluetooth]##!bl### ##i##pair 00:1F:20:3D:1E:75
 +
Attempting to pair with 00:1F:20:3D:1E:75
 +
[##y##CHG##!y##] Device 00:1F:20:3D:1E:75 Connected: yes
 +
##r##[agent]##!r## Passkey: 454358
 +
##r##[agent]##!r## Passkey: ##i##4##!i##54358
 +
##r##[agent]##!r## Passkey: ##i##45##!i##4358
 +
##r##[agent]##!r## Passkey: ##i##454##!i##358
 +
##r##[agent]##!r## Passkey: ##i##4543##!i##58
 +
##r##[agent]##!r## Passkey: ##i##45435##!i##8
 +
##r##[agent]##!r## Passkey: ##i##454358##!i##
 +
[##y##CHG##!y##] Device 00:1F:20:3D:1E:75 Paired: yes
 +
Pairing successful
 +
[##y##CHG##!y##] Device 00:1F:20:3D:1E:75 Connected: no
 +
##bl##[bluetooth]##!bl### ##i##connect 00:1F:20:3D:1E:75
 +
Attempting to connect to 00:1F:20:3D:1E:75
 +
[##y##CHG##!y##] Device 00:1F:20:3D:1E:75 Connected: yes
 +
Connection successful
 +
##bl##[bluetooth]##!bl### ##i##quit
 +
[##r##DEL##!r##] Controller 00:02:72:C9:62:65 antec [default]
 +
#
 +
</console>
 +
 +
=== Informational Messages ===
 +
Notes, warnings, tips, and important templates can be used for informational messages that need to be offset from the regular text flow:
 +
 +
<pre>{{note|this is a note}}</pre>
 +
{{note|this is a note}}
 +
 +
<pre>{{important|this is important}}</pre>
 +
{{important|this is important}}
 +
 +
<pre>{{warning|this is a warning}}</pre>
 +
{{warning|this is a warning}}
 +
 +
<pre>{{tip|this is a tip}}</pre>
 +
{{tip|this is a tip}}
 +
 +
Note that these templates used to be called <code>fancynote</code>, <code>fancytip</code>, etc. The "fancy" names have been deprecated but will still be supported for the forseeable future.
 +
 +
=== Kernelop ===
 +
To display kernel configuration options, we encourage you to use the <tt>kernelop</tt> template. To use the <tt>kernelop</tt> template, create an entry similar to the following example:
 +
<pre>
 +
{{kernelop|title=foo,bar|desc=
 +
kernel options pasted from "make menuconfig"
 +
}}
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
{{note|Kernelop is colored blue to slightly resemble the blueish background from <tt>make menuconfig</tt>.}}
 +
 +
Adding this entry will give you the following output:
 +
{{kernelop|title=foo,bar|desc=
 +
kernel options
 +
}}
 +
 +
Here's a more concrete example:
 +
{{kernelop|title=File systems|desc=
 +
<M> Second extended fs support         
 +
[ ]  Ext2 extended attributes         
 +
[ ]  Ext2 execute in place support   
 +
<M> Ext3 journalling file system support
 +
}}
 +
 +
Examples of usage:
 +
* [[Package:AMD Catalyst Video Drivers]]
 +
* [[Package:ACPI Daemon]]
 +
* [[Microcode]]
 +
 +
=== Discussion Pages ===
 +
 +
In MediaWiki, every "regular" wiki page has a corresponding "Talk" or "Discussion" page which has a page name prefixed by "Talk:" -- you can get to this page by going to the "Action" menu, and then choosing the "Discussion" menu item. These talk pages are typically used to discuss the edits that are going on in the "main" wiki page. The problem with talk pages is that they are kind of a pain to use. However, we have a way to fix that. If you want to enable a DISQUS-based mini-forum on a talk page, insert the following wikitext on the Talk page:
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
{{DISQUS}}
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
...and presto! You will now have DISQUS-powered mini-forums to discuss whatever you want about your wiki page.
 +
 +
== Marking Pages as Needing Updates ==
 +
 +
If you find outdated wiki content, but you don't have the time or ability to update it, add one of the following templates to the wikitext of the page. This will add the page to the [[:Category:Needs Updates|Needs Updates Category]] so we can identify pages that need updating:
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
{{PageNeedsUpdates}}
 +
{{SectionNeedsUpdates}}
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
 +
Examples of usage:
 +
* [[UEFI Install Guide]]
 +
* [[Package:MediaWiki]]
 +
* [[Clang]]
 +
 +
=== Inline Code ===
 +
 +
To emphasize commands, and other technical jargon when they appear inline in a paragraph, use the <nowiki>{{c}}</nowiki> template. When referencing files, use the <nowiki>{{f}}</nowiki> template.
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
The {{f|/etc/fstab}} file is an important one. Another important file is {{f|/boot/grub/grub.cfg}}. The {{c|emerge}} command is really nifty.
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
This example produces the following output:
 +
 +
The {{f|/etc/fstab}} file is an important one. Another important file is {{f|/boot/grub/grub.cfg}}. The {{c|emerge}} command is really nifty.
 +
 +
{{important|1=
 +
The &#60;tt&#62; tag has been deprecated for the purpose of tagging inline code, to conform with HTML5, and the previous use of the &#60;code&#62; tag is discouraged. It is more maintainable to use the <nowiki>{{c}}</nowiki> template. }}
 +
 +
=== Slideshow ===
 +
 +
Any page has the capability of displaying a slideshow. Adding a slideshow to a page involves three steps:
 +
 +
# Upload Images
 +
# Define Slides
 +
# Add Slideshow to page
 +
 +
==== Upload Images ====
 +
 +
To upload images, head to [[Special:Upload]] and upload a file. It is highly recommended to upload JPEG format images in high resolution -- MediaWiki will handle scaling JPEG automatically, saving bandwidth, but does not do this for PNG. Make sure that all images you upload have the same dimensions. When you upload, make note of the '''Destination Filename''' field -- this is the name that the upload will use when you reference it in your slide. It is recommended that you choose a simple descriptive name ending in ".jpg" for the '''Destination Filename'''.
 +
 +
==== Define Slides ====
 +
 +
Once images have been uploaded, you must define slides. To define slides on a page, you enter special semantic information about the slide on the page that it will be displayed, in the following format:
 +
 +
<pre><nowiki>
 +
{{#subobject:|slideIndex=0|slideCaption=
 +
== Wikitext Here ==
 +
This is a fantastic slide!
 +
|slideImage=File:Fruit.jpg|slideLink=PageName}}
 +
</nowiki></pre>
 +
 +
Here are some important instructions regarding defining slides:
 +
 +
* <code>slideIndex</code> must be 0 for the first slide, 1 for the second slide, etc. Numbers must be unique and incrementing from zero, and not doing this will result in slideshow display errors (but can be easily fixed by correcting the wikitext.)
 +
* <code>slideCaption=</code> can contain wikitext, such as headings and links. The best way to enter <code>slideCaption</code> is as above -- type a literal <code>slideCaption=</code>, followed by enter, then specify your wikitext, and terminate the caption by a single pipe character on the following line. Pipe characters are used to separate arguments from each other.
 +
* Specify your image name in the <code>slideImage</code> field. Your slideImage will have a name of <code>File:myname.jpg</code>, where <code>myname.jpg</code> is the '''Destination Filename''' you used when uploading the image.
 +
* An optional parameter called <code>slideLink=</code> can be provided to allow the image to be clickable and link to another wiki page. If it is omitted, then the image will not be clickable.
 +
 +
==== Add Slideshow to Page ====
  
=== Learning More ===
+
Once the slides have been added to the page, you can add the following text to your page at the point you'd like the slideshow to appear:
 +
<pre>
 +
{{Slideshow}}
 +
</pre>
  
The instructions above will work on any system that uses <tt>bash</tt> as its default shell, such as most Linux systems and Mac OS X.
+
=== YouTube Videos (Screencasts, etc.) ===
  
To learn more about the many things that <tt>keychain</tt> can do, including alternate shell support, consult the keychain man page, or type <tt>keychain --help | less</tt> for a full list of command options.
+
Screencasting is an easy method to explain complex tasks. Take for instance <code>youtu.be/5KDei5mBfSg</code> and chop off the id and insert it into the following syntax to produce a video example.
  
I also recommend you read my original series of articles about [http://www.openssh.com OpenSSH] that I wrote for IBM developerWorks, called <tt>OpenSSH Key Management</tt>. Please note that <tt>keychain</tt> 1.0 was released along with Part 2 of this article, which was written in 2001. <tt>keychain</tt> has changed quite a bit since then. In other words, read these articles for the conceptual and [http://www.openssh.com OpenSSH] information, but consult the <tt>keychain</tt> man page for command-line options and usage instructions :)
+
<pre>{{#widget:YouTube16x9|id=5KDei5mBfSg}}</pre>
 +
{{#widget:YouTube16x9|id=5KDei5mBfSg}}
  
* [http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/l-keyc.html Common Threads: OpenSSH key management, Part 1] - Understanding RSA/DSA Authentication
+
{{tip|The sample video above explains how to create your own screencasts under Funtoo Linux.}}
* [http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/l-keyc2/ Common Threads: OpenSSH key management, Part 2] - Introducing <tt>ssh-agent</tt> and <tt>keychain</tt>
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* [http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/l-keyc3/ Common Threads: OpenSSH key management, Part 3] - Agent forwarding and <tt>keychain</tt> improvements
+
  
As mentioned at the top of the page, <tt>keychain</tt> development sources can be found in the [http://www.github.com/funtoo/keychain keychain git repository]. Please use the [http://groups.google.com/group/funtoo-dev funtoo-dev mailing list] and [irc://irc.freenode.net/funtoo #funtoo irc channel] for keychain support questions as well as bug reports.
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Most YouTube videos are in 16x9 format and should use the <code>YouTube16x9</code> widget. There is also a <code>YouTube4x3</code> widget for videos with a 4x3 aspect ratio.
 +
{{note|These YouTube widgets have been updated to be mobile-friendly.}}
  
[[Category:HOWTO]]
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[[Category:Wiki Development]]
[[Category:Projects]]
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[[Category:First Steps]]
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[[Category:Articles]]
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Revision as of 07:38, January 4, 2015

Thanks for your interest in contributing to the the Funtoo wiki!

Types of Edits

Before we get started, let's review what changes are okay to make, and what changes are not okay:

Type of ChangeOkay?
Grammar/spelling fixesYes
New wiki contentYes
New package informationYes
Adding to existing articleMaybe -- see below
Adding missing/incomplete informationYes
Making correctionsYes
Adding work-arounds to problems experiencedNo - open bug first on bug tracker.
Important

Note that if you experience some problem with Funtoo Linux, during installation or otherwise, the proper course of action is to not add a work-around to our documentation, but to open a bug on our bug tracker. This is important because the problem you experienced may be a legitimate bug and the solution may be to fix the bug rather than add a work-around to our documentation. We may end up fixing a bug, making a documentation fix, or possibly both.

Basics

Here is a list of basic wiki information that you will need to know to get started:

  • First, to perform edits on the wiki, you must Create a Funtoo account and log in.
  • You can create a new page by navigating to http://www.funtoo.org/New_Page_Name. Underscores are the equivalent of spaces. Then select "Create" under the "Actions" menu.
  • Whether creating a new page or editing an existing page by clicking "Edit", you will be presented with Web-based text editor that allows you to modify the wikitext of the page. The wikitext is rendered to produce the document you see when you view the page normally.
  • Another fun thing you can do is click on your name under the "Account" menu once you have logged in. This will bring you to your "User" page. Then click "Create with Form" unde the "Actions" menu and enter your geographic and other information. This will allow you to be displayed on our Usermap and will also allow your full name to be displayed on Ebuild pages for which you are an author. It's generally a good idea to do this.
Tip

The following sections document how to use wikitext and Funtoo templates on the Funtoo wiki.

Paragraphs

To create a new paragraph, insert a blank line between two lines of text. If a blank line doesn't exist between two lines of wikitext, they will be combined into a single flowing paragraph.

If you leave leading whitespace at the beginning of a line, MediaWiki will render it as pre-formatted text. Beware of this. Here's an example:

foobar

This can rear its ugly head when specifying template parameters, so you will get this:

Note
ugh!

...instead of this:

Note

This looks much better!

Page and Section Capitalization

In general, capitalize all words in page names and section heading except:

  • Articles: a, an, the
  • Coordinating Conjunctions: and, but, or, for, nor, etc.
  • Prepositions (fewer than five letters): on, at, to, from, by, etc.

Document Hierarchy

Use section headings to create a document hierarchy for your page. These will define the table of contents that appears at the top of the wiki page. Create chapters, sections and sub-sections as follows:

= Page Title =

== Chapter Title ==

=== Section Title ===

==== SubSection Title ====

Note

By default, Table of Contents is disabled on the Funtoo wiki. If you would like to enable the TOC, you can place a __TOC__ on a blank line where you'd like the Table of Contents to appear, or place __FORCETOC__ on a blank line anywhere in the wikitext to force the TOC to appear at the top of the page.

In general, when creating new documents, it's best to use level-3 (three "="'s) Section Titles to break up content. Level-2 Section Titles are best used for major sections of larger documents. Use them infrequently. Level-1 Section Titles generally do not need to be used.

Links

Internal links to other wiki pages can be specified as [[pagename]]. To specify an alternate name for the link, use [[pagename|my link name]].

For external links, use [http://funtoo.org my link] to specify a URL. If you want the URL to appear in the wikitext, you can specify it without brackets: http://forums.funtoo.org.

Lists

MediaWiki supports a number of list formats:

  • Unordered List
  • Unordered Item 2
    • Unordered sub-item
  1. Ordered List
  2. Ordered Item 2
    1. Ordered sub-item
Term
This is called a "definition list". It is used when defining various terms.

If you need to quote a portion of text from another site, use <blockquote> as follows:

Wikipedia (ˌwɪkɨˈpiːdiə/ or wɪkiˈpiːdiə/ wik-i-pee-dee-ə) is a collaboratively edited, multilingual, free-access, free content Internet encyclopedia that is supported and hosted by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Volunteers worldwide collaboratively write Wikipedia's 30 million articles in 287 languages, including over 4.5 million in the English Wikipedia. Anyone who can access the site can edit almost any of its articles, which on the Internet comprise[4] the largest and most popular general reference work.[5][6][7][8][9] In February 2014, The New York Times reported that Wikipedia is ranked fifth globally among all websites stating, "With 18 billion page views and nearly 500 million unique visitors a month..., Wikipedia trails just Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft and Google, the largest with 1.2 billion unique visitors."[10]

Literal Text and HTML Symbols

Here is wikitext for the section above, which I am displaying by placing the literal wikitext between a <pre> and </pre> tag. If you want to disable wikitext processing for an inline span of text, use <nowiki> and </nowiki>. If you want to print out a tag literally, use &#60; and &#62; (In the wikitext, I used &amp;#60; and &amp;#62 to display these!)

* Unordered List
* Unordered Item 2
** Unordered sub-item

# Ordered List
# Ordered Item 2
## Ordered sub-item

;Term: This is called a "definition list". It is used when defining various terms.

If you need to quote a portion of text from another site, use <tt><blockquote></tt> as follows:

<blockquote>
Wikipedia (ˌwɪkɨˈpiːdiə/ or wɪkiˈpiːdiə/ wik-i-pee-dee-ə) is a collaboratively edited, multilingual, free-access, 
free content Internet encyclopedia that is supported and hosted by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Volunteers
worldwide collaboratively write Wikipedia's 30 million articles in 287 languages, including over 4.5 million in the 
English Wikipedia. Anyone who can access the site can edit almost any of its articles, which on the Internet 
comprise[4] the largest and most popular general reference work.[5][6][7][8][9] In February 2014, The New York 
Times reported that Wikipedia is ranked fifth globally among all websites stating, "With 18 billion page views 
and nearly 500 million unique visitors a month..., Wikipedia trails just Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft and Google, 
the largest with 1.2 billion unique visitors."[10]
</blockquote>

Linking to Packages

To link to a package page, use the Package template:

{{Package|sys-apps/portage}}

This template will create a link to the official wiki page for sys-apps/portage, and render using the official "English" page name, as follows:

Portage (Funtoo)

If you specify a yet-to-be-documented ebuild, it will render like this (which is okay -- it will encourage people to document it):

sys-foo/undocumented-ebuild (package not on wiki - please add)

Tables

Instead of using traditional MediaWiki table wikitext, use the following format:

{{TableStart}}
<tr class="info"><th>Header 1</th><th>Header 2</th></tr>
<tr><td>Value 1</td><td>Value 2</td></tr>
<tr><td>Value 3</td><td>Value 4</td></tr>
{{TableEnd}}

This wil render as follows:

Header 1Header 2
Value 1Value 2
Value 3Value 4
Tip

This table syntax has an added benefit of creating a responsive table that renders properly on mobile devices.

It is possible to use the following CSS classes with tr (rows) and td/th elements to color them as desired:

Class Name
success
info
warning
active
danger

Displaying Source Code

To display source code, use can use the file template, specifying a lang= parameter:

{{file|name=foobar|lang=python|desc=foobarosity|body=
import system
}}

This will produce:

foobar (python source code) - foobarosity
import system

The parameters name (filename), lang (language for syntax highlighting) and desc (Description, appearing as a caption) are optional. For a list of supported languages, see this list.


Important

If you need to display the pipe ("|") character within the body of a file template, replace each "|" with {{!}} -- otherwise your file contents will not display properly. This is necessary because {{file}} is a template and the "|" character is used as a delimiter for arguments to the template.

Displaying Text File Contents

For displaying the contents of non-programming language text files (like config files), you have two options. You can enclose your lines within <pre> tags, or use the new file template. The file template is used like so:

{{file|name=/etc/foo.conf|desc=My foo.conf file|body=
# /etc/host.conf:
# $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/src/patchsets/glibc/extra/etc/host.conf,v 1.1 2006/09/29
}}

This will produce:

/etc/foo.conf - My foo.conf file
# /etc/host.conf:
# $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/src/patchsets/glibc/extra/etc/host.conf,v 1.1 2006/09/29

Console

To display console output, use the <console> tag:

For a root console:

<console>
###i## run a command as root
</console>

Produces:

# run a command as root

For a non-root console:

<console>
$ ##i##run a command as user
</console>

Produces:

$ run a command as user
Important

Note that we use a # prompt for root and a $ prompt to denote a non-root user.

Important

The ##i## text tags the rest of the line as being user input ("i" is for "input"). It is then highlighted in a noticeable color so it stands out from text that is not typed in by the user.

If you need to end highlighting of user input prior to the end of a line, use ##!i## to mark the end of the highlighted area.

The following special character sequences are also available:

  • ##g## - Green
  • ##y## - Yellow
  • ##bl## - Blue
  • ##r## - Red
  • ##b## - Bold

Please use the above coloring options sparingly. It is sometimes nice to use them to get wiki console output to match the colors that are displayed on a Linux console. Also note that for every color above, there is a matching ##!(colorcode)## option to turn color off prior to end of line.

Here is an example of its use:
# bluetoothctl 
[NEW] Controller 00:02:72:C9:62:65 antec [default]
[bluetooth]#power on
Changing power on succeeded
[bluetooth]# agent on
Agent registered
[bluetooth]# scan on
Discovery started
[bluetooth]# devices
Device 00:1F:20:3D:1E:75 Logitech K760
[bluetooth]# pair 00:1F:20:3D:1E:75
Attempting to pair with 00:1F:20:3D:1E:75
[CHG] Device 00:1F:20:3D:1E:75 Connected: yes
[agent] Passkey: 454358
[agent] Passkey: 454358
[agent] Passkey: 454358
[agent] Passkey: 454358
[agent] Passkey: 454358
[agent] Passkey: 454358
[agent] Passkey: 454358
[CHG] Device 00:1F:20:3D:1E:75 Paired: yes
Pairing successful
[CHG] Device 00:1F:20:3D:1E:75 Connected: no
[bluetooth]# connect 00:1F:20:3D:1E:75
Attempting to connect to 00:1F:20:3D:1E:75
[CHG] Device 00:1F:20:3D:1E:75 Connected: yes
Connection successful
[bluetooth]# quit
[DEL] Controller 00:02:72:C9:62:65 antec [default]
#

Informational Messages

Notes, warnings, tips, and important templates can be used for informational messages that need to be offset from the regular text flow:

{{note|this is a note}}
Note

this is a note

{{important|this is important}}
Important

this is important

{{warning|this is a warning}}
Warning

this is a warning

{{tip|this is a tip}}
Tip

this is a tip

Note that these templates used to be called fancynote, fancytip, etc. The "fancy" names have been deprecated but will still be supported for the forseeable future.

Kernelop

To display kernel configuration options, we encourage you to use the kernelop template. To use the kernelop template, create an entry similar to the following example:

{{kernelop|title=foo,bar|desc=
kernel options pasted from "make menuconfig"
}} 
Note

Kernelop is colored blue to slightly resemble the blueish background from make menuconfig.

Adding this entry will give you the following output: Under foo-->bar:

kernel options

Here's a more concrete example: Under File systems:

<M> Second extended fs support          
[ ]   Ext2 extended attributes          
[ ]   Ext2 execute in place support     
<M> Ext3 journalling file system support

Examples of usage:

Discussion Pages

In MediaWiki, every "regular" wiki page has a corresponding "Talk" or "Discussion" page which has a page name prefixed by "Talk:" -- you can get to this page by going to the "Action" menu, and then choosing the "Discussion" menu item. These talk pages are typically used to discuss the edits that are going on in the "main" wiki page. The problem with talk pages is that they are kind of a pain to use. However, we have a way to fix that. If you want to enable a DISQUS-based mini-forum on a talk page, insert the following wikitext on the Talk page:

{{DISQUS}}

...and presto! You will now have DISQUS-powered mini-forums to discuss whatever you want about your wiki page.

Marking Pages as Needing Updates

If you find outdated wiki content, but you don't have the time or ability to update it, add one of the following templates to the wikitext of the page. This will add the page to the Needs Updates Category so we can identify pages that need updating:

{{PageNeedsUpdates}}
{{SectionNeedsUpdates}}


Examples of usage:

Inline Code

To emphasize commands, and other technical jargon when they appear inline in a paragraph, use the {{c}} template. When referencing files, use the {{f}} template.

The {{f|/etc/fstab}} file is an important one. Another important file is {{f|/boot/grub/grub.cfg}}. The {{c|emerge}} command is really nifty.

This example produces the following output:

The /etc/fstab file is an important one. Another important file is /boot/grub/grub.cfg. The emerge command is really nifty.

Important

The <tt> tag has been deprecated for the purpose of tagging inline code, to conform with HTML5, and the previous use of the <code> tag is discouraged. It is more maintainable to use the {{c}} template.

Slideshow

Any page has the capability of displaying a slideshow. Adding a slideshow to a page involves three steps:

  1. Upload Images
  2. Define Slides
  3. Add Slideshow to page

Upload Images

To upload images, head to Special:Upload and upload a file. It is highly recommended to upload JPEG format images in high resolution -- MediaWiki will handle scaling JPEG automatically, saving bandwidth, but does not do this for PNG. Make sure that all images you upload have the same dimensions. When you upload, make note of the Destination Filename field -- this is the name that the upload will use when you reference it in your slide. It is recommended that you choose a simple descriptive name ending in ".jpg" for the Destination Filename.

Define Slides

Once images have been uploaded, you must define slides. To define slides on a page, you enter special semantic information about the slide on the page that it will be displayed, in the following format:

{{#subobject:|slideIndex=0|slideCaption=
== Wikitext Here ==
This is a fantastic slide!
|slideImage=File:Fruit.jpg|slideLink=PageName}}

Here are some important instructions regarding defining slides:

  • slideIndex must be 0 for the first slide, 1 for the second slide, etc. Numbers must be unique and incrementing from zero, and not doing this will result in slideshow display errors (but can be easily fixed by correcting the wikitext.)
  • slideCaption= can contain wikitext, such as headings and links. The best way to enter slideCaption is as above -- type a literal slideCaption=, followed by enter, then specify your wikitext, and terminate the caption by a single pipe character on the following line. Pipe characters are used to separate arguments from each other.
  • Specify your image name in the slideImage field. Your slideImage will have a name of File:myname.jpg, where myname.jpg is the Destination Filename you used when uploading the image.
  • An optional parameter called slideLink= can be provided to allow the image to be clickable and link to another wiki page. If it is omitted, then the image will not be clickable.

Add Slideshow to Page

Once the slides have been added to the page, you can add the following text to your page at the point you'd like the slideshow to appear:

{{Slideshow}}

YouTube Videos (Screencasts, etc.)

Screencasting is an easy method to explain complex tasks. Take for instance youtu.be/5KDei5mBfSg and chop off the id and insert it into the following syntax to produce a video example.

{{#widget:YouTube16x9|id=5KDei5mBfSg}}

Tip

The sample video above explains how to create your own screencasts under Funtoo Linux.

Most YouTube videos are in 16x9 format and should use the YouTube16x9 widget. There is also a YouTube4x3 widget for videos with a 4x3 aspect ratio.

Note

These YouTube widgets have been updated to be mobile-friendly.