There are a few things going on here but I think ultimately, either CLish or SSH is returning an exit code that is messing up my work flow.
I'm attempting to connect to a remote machine (CLish shell) using sshpass. The script that is being run is exiting with "exit 0" (and works when I call it directly on my local machine) but the exit code that is returned to my local shell is "255". Yes, confusing, I know, but maybe an example will help. I think I've narrowed down my problem to a simple example.
Connect to server running CLish and drop to bash shell in single command from local machine to server:
me@local$ sshpass -p 'password' ssh -t email@example.com 'shell' user@server:~$ exit 0 exit Connection to 172.16.5.4 closed.
Back on my machine, check the exit code:
me@local$ echo $? 255
Manually drop to shell on the remote machine with
sshpass and CLish:
me@local$ sshpass -p 'password' ssh firstname.lastname@example.org CLishPrompt> shell me@server$ exit exit CLishPrompt> exit Connection to 172.16.5.4 closed.
Check the exit code back on my machine:
me@local$ echo $? 0
I really need to issue the 'shell' command in the same sshpass call as in the first example because I am using redirection to write a script to the server's filesystem and run it (all in a single call). I would like it to return an exit code of "0" like the second example shows. I have been unable to find a work-around this problem. The reason I need exit code "0" is because this script is returning its findings in a Jenkins-CI "build" and I don't know how to tell Jenkins-CI to accept an exit code of 255. If this was bash, then I could check the exit code myself and continue on to the next part of my script.
I need to either get ssh to return "0" or tell Jenkins that "255" is okay in this instance. Do you know what's going on here or have any suggestions?