SSH (Secure SHell) is a protocol for running commands on a remote computer.

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Why am I still getting a password prompt with ssh with public key authentication?

I'm working from the URL I found here: http://jaybyjayfresh.com/2009/02/04/logging-in-without-a-password-certificates-ssh/ My ssh client is Ubuntu 64 bit 11.10 desktop and my server is Centos 6.2 64 ...
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SSH easily copy file to local system

If I'm logged in to a system via SSH, is there a way to copy a file back to my local system without firing up another terminal or screen session and doing scp or something similar or without doing SSH ...
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How to copy files from one machine to another using ssh [duplicate]

I'm using Linux (centos) machine, I already connected to the other system using ssh. Now my question is how can I copy files from one system to another system? Suppose, in my environment, I have two ...
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How to forward X over SSH from Ubuntu machine?

I have a machine running Ubuntu which I SSH to from my Fedora 14 machine. I want to forward X from the Ubuntu machine back to Fedora so I can run graphical programs remotely. Both machines are on a ...
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Keep SSH Sessions running after disconnection

I sometimes have long running processes that I want to kick off before going home, so I create a SSH session to the server to start the process, but then I want to close my laptop and go home and ...
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How can I disown a running process and associate it to a new screen shell?

I have a running program on a SSH shell. I want to pause it and be able to unpause its execution when I come back. One way I thought of doing that was to transfer its ownership to a screen shell, ...
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How does reverse SSH tunneling work?

As I understand this, firewalls (assuming default settings) deny all incoming traffic that has no prior corresponding outgoing traffic. Based on Reversing an ssh connection and SSH Tunneling Made ...
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Why do I need a tty to run sudo if I can sudo without a password?

I have configured sudo to run without a password, but when I try to ssh 'sudo Foo", I still get sudo: sorry, you must have a tty to run sudo. Why does this happen and how can I work around it?
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What do the options `ServerAliveInterval` and `ClientAliveInterval` in sshd_config do, precisely?

I found this question, but I'm sorry I don't quite understand the settings on the two variables ServerAliveInterval and ClientAliveInterval mentioned in the accepted response. If my local server is ...
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how can shellshock be exploited over SSH?

Apparently, the shellshock Bash exploit CVE-2014-6271 can be exploited over the network via SSH. I can imagine how the exploit would work via Apache/CGI, but I cannot imagine how that would work over ...
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SSH tunneling error: “channel 1: open failed: administratively prohibited: open failed”

When I open this ssh tunnel: ssh -nXNT -p 22 localhost -L 0.0.0.0:8984:remote:8983 I get this error when trying to access the HTTP server running on localhost:8984: channel 1: open failed: ...
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Is it possible to run ssh-copy-id on port other than 22?

I have a server with SSH running on a non-standard port. Instead of 22, it runs on 8129. To log in, I use: ssh -p 8129 hostname Now, whenever I need to set up a key for password-less login, I have ...
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ssh-add complains: Could not open a connection to your authentication agent

I've been trying to get ssh-add working on a RaspberryPi running Raspbian. I can start ssh-agent, when I do it gives the following output into the terminal: ...
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How to force ssh client to use only password auth?

If I use pubkey auth from e.g.: an Ubuntu 11.04 how can I set the ssh client to use only password auth to a server? (just needed because of testing passwords on a server, where I default log in with ...
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How can I run ssh-add automatically, without password prompt?

I want to communicate between several computers on my network (static ethernet), through ssh. In order to do that I need to run ssh-add every time I login on specific machine, how can I do it so that ...
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How does SSH connection survive a network restart?

From a Linux SSH shell, type /etc/init.d/network restart to restart the network service. I expect my SSH connection to die since the network service goes down. But it doesn't. Very cool. But how does ...
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Kill an unresponsive ssh session without closing the terminal

Is there a way to disconnect from an SSH session that has become unresponsive without killing the whole terminal? Specifically I'm using konsole, and the machine I'm working with sometimes hangs, but ...
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Is it possible to find out the hosts in the known_hosts file?

I would like to see what hosts are in my known_hosts file but it doesn't appear to be human readable. Is it possible to read it? More specifically there is a host that I can connect to via several ...
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scp without replacing existing files in the destination

How do I copy an entire directory into a directory of the same name without replacing the content in the destination directory? (instead, I would like to add to the contents of the destination folder) ...
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Why is root login via SSH so bad that everyone advises to disable it?

Everybody on the Internet advises to disable root login via SSH as it is a bad practice and a security hole in the system, but nobody explains why it is so. What is so dangerous in enabling root ...
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How can I break away from an SSH session that has crashed?

Many times I have an SSH session that doesn't respond anymore (for example, when I lose internet connection and then reconnect). Ctrl+C, Ctrl+D, Ctrl+Z and a zillion of key presses don't have any ...
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What does the Broken pipe message mean in an SSH session?

Sometimes my SSH session disconnects with a Write failed: Broken pipe message. What does it mean? And how can I keep my session open? I know about screen, but that's not the answer I'm looking for. I ...
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Multiple similar entries in ssh config

Say I want to configure my ssh options for 30 servers with the same setup in my .ssh config file: host XXX HostName XXX.YYY.com User my_username Compression yes Ciphers ...
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What is the point of sshd “UseDNS” option?

I know what it does, but i don't know why. What attack(s) does it prevent ? Is it relevant for all kind of authentication methods ? (hostbased, password, publickey, keyboard-interactive ...)
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Uploading directories with sftp?

I'm having some trouble uploading directories(which contain other directories a few levels deep) by sftp. I realize I could work around this by gzipping, but I don't see why that's necessary. Anyway, ...
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redirect sound (microphone) via ssh, how to telephone via ssh?

How can I redirect the microphone of one computer to listen to it on another computer via ssh? Which is the right device or which is the right command line? Some years ago it was easy and fun to ...
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List all connected SSH sessions?

I just SSH'd into root, and then SSH'd again into root on the same machine. So I have two windows open both SSH'd into root on my remote machine. From the shell, how can I see a list of these two ...
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Is it safe to give out my SSH public key for work?

I currently work remotely for a number of organizations which need me to access their servers regularly for maintenance and upgrades. Is it safe for me to add my RSA public SSH key to the ...
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Using while loop to ssh to multiple servers

I have a file servers.txt, with list of servers: server1.mydomain.com server2.mydomain.com server3.mydomain.com when I read the file line by line with while and echo each line, all works as ...
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How can I tell what version of linux I'm using?

Often times I will ssh into a new client's box to make changes to their website configuration without knowing much about the server configuration. I have seen a few ways to get information about the ...
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How to speed my too-slow ssh login?

Running ssh user@hostname takes ~30s. Here's the scenario: this is a VM on the local LAN Windows and Mac machines get instant login am using Debian and I could reproduce with an Ubuntu machine ...
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How to list keys added to ssh-agent with ssh-add?

How and where can I check what keys have been added with ssh-add to my ssh-agent ?
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How does tcp-keepalive work in ssh?

I am trying to code a shell-script that uses a ssh-connection for doing "heartbeats". I want to terminate the client- and server-side of that connection after a certain timeout (after the connection ...
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What is a better way to deal with server disconnects of sshfs mounts?

I have several directories mounted through sshfs. I sometimes get disconnects from the server (not configurable by me). I usually mount the directories like this sshfs ...
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SSH to decrypt encrypted LVM during headless server boot?

When I installed Ubuntu 10.04 and, now, 10.10, I was offered the option of enabling "encrypted LVM" for my hard drive. After choosing that option, I am prompted for my password during boot to decrypt ...
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Can mouse wheel scrolling work in a /usr/bin/screen session?

Is there any way to use the mouse wheel to scroll through the output of a screen session? I can use the keypad scroll through previous output in screen after pressing ctrl+a [. Is it possible to do ...
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My server is constantly being attacked [closed]

I am fairly new to the system administration world. I've been working on an application recently and when I check my application server logs, I constantly get various IP addresses trying to ssh into ...
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Open a window on a remote X display (why “Cannot open display”)?

Once upon a time, DISPLAY=:0.0 totem /path/to/movie.avi after ssh 'ing into my desktop from my laptop would cause totem to play movie.avi on my desktop. Now it gives the error: No protocol ...
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SSH inside SSH fails with “stdin: is not a tty”

I'm trying to connect to machine one with ssh and then connect to another machine two with ssh, but I get this error. ssh user@computerone.com 'ssh otheruser@computertwo.com' stdin: is not a tty ...
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Can I find out which ssh key was used to access an account?

Is it possible to find out which ssh key was used to access an account? I have an account on a server that I let several (trusted!) people have access to via ssh. I'd find it useful to be able to ...
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Restricting an SSH/SCP/SFTP user to a directory

Is there a simple way to restrict an SCP/SFTP user to a directory? All methods that I've come across require me to set a chroot jail up by copying binaries, but I don't think that should be necessary. ...
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How can I tell what version of OS X I'm on from the command line?

I frequently find myself SSHing into various OS X machines, and it'd be useful if I could tell what version of OS X I was on when I'm doing that. uname -a doesn't quite work, since Darwin kernel ...
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How do I remotely edit files via ssh?

I have to edit some files placed on some server I could reach via ssh. I would prefer to edit these files in customized vim on my workstation (I have not rights to change vim settings on remote ...
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How can I detect if the shell is controlled from SSH?

I want to detect from a shell script (more specifically .zshrc) if it is controlled through SSH. I tried the HOST variable but it's always the name of the computer which is running the shell. Can I ...
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Using an already established SSH channel

I have an already established ssh connection between two machines. Is there a way to send commands to the remote machine from a shell script that is run on the local machine, using the already open ...
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How do I play an HTTP music stream over SSH?

I know I can just do mplayer <stream> to open and play a stream on the local machine. However, I'm behind a firewall. Instead, I'd like to open the stream on a remote machine, but still play it ...
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Is there a way to communicate with someone at their desktop?

My wife is sitting at her home desktop, alpha, which is running a recent version of Ubuntu. I am on a bus, using ConnectBot on my G1 phone, and can SSH into alpha from wherever I am. For complicated ...
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ssh_exchange_identification: Connection closed by remote host (not using hosts.deny)

I'm not using hosts.allow or hosts.deny, further more SSH works from my windows-machine (same laptop, different hard drive) but not my Linux machine. ssh -vvv root@host -p port gives: OpenSSH_6.6, ...
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Is there a command to list all open displays on a machine?

When SSH'd locally into my computer (don't ask, it's a workaround), I can't start graphical applications without running: export DISPLAY=:0.0 If I run this first and then run a graphical ...
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rsync all files of remote machine over SSH without root user?

I have this command to backup a remote machine. The problem is that I need root rights to read and copy all files. I have no root user enabled for security reasons and use sudo the Ubuntu way. Would I ...