Fixing stale SSH sockets in tmux
Update (as of 2015-10-12)
This is actually available by default in modern versions of
tmux: just add
SSH_AUTH_SOCK to an
update-environment call in your tmux configuration.
The rest of this article is only preserved as a record, I suggest you use
man tmux) instead.
I use tmux on my devbox with ssh-agent forwarding, so that I can access our git server transparently. Unfortunately, when reattaching to a tmux session, you’ll get the old SSH_AUTH_SOCK, and there’s no immediate way to update this. I wrote this function, which fixes this (run it after attaching):
Trent Lloyd suggests an alternative method; symlinking the path pointed to by SSH_AUTH_SOCK on login, and then changing it to point to the symlink. As long as you are either only using a single key to log in and forward to each server, or you have some way of determining the identity of the key on the remote, this is a more easily automatable solution.