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I tried writing a shell script which can do automatic login into a ssh server using password which is mentioned in the script. I have written the following code:

set timeout 30
/usr/bin/ssh -p 8484 root@
   "root@'s password" 
      send "password\r" 

This code is not running properly, still it is asking for the password. Can somebody please help me in solving this

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Related: pass password to su/sudo/ssh –  Piotr Dobrogost Feb 18 at 12:45

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I once wrote an expect script to log in to a ssh server (like your case) and my script was something like this:


spawn ssh MyUserName@
expect "password"
send "MyPassword\r"

I think maybe the interact is missing in your script.

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You're going about it the wrong way. What you want to do is generate a passwordless ssh-key pair and then (as long as the server supports RSA key authentication, you can get in without having to type a password for all. This is a security risk if your private key is stored somewhere that it could be stolen.

Follow these steps:

  1. mkdir -p ~/.ssh
  2. cd ~/.ssh
  3. ssh-keygen -type dsa -i mysshkeys
  4. Press Return when prompted for passphrase
  5. Press Return a second time to confirm.

There will now be two files in your ~/.ssh directory, and mysshkey. is your public key, this one is safe to put on remote servers. mysshkey is your private passwordless key, it is not safe to put on remote servers (or somewhere someone else could get a copy).

On the server you wish to SSH to:

  1. Login to the remote server
  2. mkdir -p ~/.ssh
  3. Cut and paste the contents of into ~/.ssh/authorized_keys
  4. Make sure that ~/.ssh/authorized_keys is chmod'd to 600

Now, to put it into action on your local machine you run the following command:

ssh -i ~/.ssh/mysshkey <remote_server_ip>

And you will be logged in without being prompted for a password.

This is a much preferable method of managing automated logins as you don't end up hard-coding your password multiple places that need to be updated if you ever change it.

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I would use RSA keys rather than DSA. But other than that, full agree. –  glglgl Feb 7 '12 at 9:03

On Debian-based distributions, the sshpass package provides an easier way of doing what you want. The package is available for many other popular distributions. You need to set it up first:

echo 'YourPassword' > passwordFile.txt
chmod 600 passwordFile.txt

Then invoke the SSH command from a script like this:

sshpass -f /path/to/passwordFile.txt /usr/bin/ssh -p 8484 root@

This provides more flexibility, such as if you're using a different locale or need to change the password, than solutions using expect.

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