On Wed, 12 Sep 2007, Alan Jenkins wrote:

> This may be a stupid question - but why does ssh-agent fork off a
> child and then exec the subcommand in the *parent* process? It forces
> the agent in the child process to poll the parent, so it can exit when
> the parent finishes. If the agent was the parent process, it could
> use wait() instead. I'm sure there's some reason.
> It'd be nice to take ssh-agent off the list of polling processes you
> get with powertop[1], however far down it is.

I don't understand what you mean by polling - once started, ssh-agent
spends all its time sitting in select() waiting for requests.

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