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How do I stop ssh-agent from starting when logging into CentOS via openssh?

There are no references to ssh-agent in my bash startup scripts (.bashrc) or /etc/bashrc.

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It is probably started for your gnome session. To get the parent id of your ssh-agent:

cat /proc/$SSH_AGENT_PID/status | fgrep PPid

Then use the number there to look at what process that is:

more /proc/<PPidNUMBER_FOUND>/status.

On Ubuntu 12.04 you find in the first line Name: gnome-session

You will probably find something under /etc/X11:

grep ssh-agent /etc/X11/*

results in:

/etc/X11/Xsession.options:use-ssh-agent

try commenting that out en restarting X

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