Category Archives: Crypto

gpg-agent not working for ssh

I recently did a linux reinstallation on my workstation after more than 4 years of cruft accumulation, but couldn’t get ssh to work with my cryptostick. I did all of the normal stuff required to disable ssh-agent and enable ssh-agent support in gpg-agent.

Turns out I needed to install the ‘gpgsm’ package (on Debian/Ubuntu), which replaces the normal gpg-agent with one that supports a smart card.

I’m posting this mostly for my own reference, but maybe it will help you too.

Getting a Linux Kernel changelog using git

I am setting up my new webserver (which, incidentally, this post is being written on), and had some trouble with the version of the Linux kernel I was using. I wanted to see whether my problem had been fixed between my kernel version and the current one, but couldn’t find an easy way to do that. User Octayn in ##linux on freenode IRC suggested I use git with tags. A little googling suppiled the right command-line magic.

First, I cloned the linux-stable git:

git clone git://

Then, after changing into the linux-stable directory, I checked the tag names available:

git tag -l | less

That showed me the formatting of the tags, namely v. So then the command to get the full changelog was:

git log --decorate v3.0.9..v3.0.32

I did find some commits that might have fixed my problem. I upgraded and so far, so good. Only time will tell.

This is here as much for my own reference as it is for yours, but I hope it helps you!