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Why eval `ssh-agent` may not work while setting up the SSH keys on Ubuntu?

While setting up an SSH key due to at the Step 2. Add the key to the ssh-agent for macOS/Linux I've discovered an error "Could not open a connection" after using the command eval `ssh-agent`. The problem was solved with the use of such a form eval $("ssh-agent") instead.  Why it has appered to me? And could you please add this specific syntactically different form of the same command to your description?

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