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

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SSH causes while loop to stop

I have finally managed to boil down a problem I have been struggling with for a few weeks. I use SSH with "authorized keys" to run commands remotely. All is fine except when I do it in a while loop. ...
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How to edit authorized_keys?

What is the best method for editing the /root/.ssh/authorized_keys file? I mean if I need to append a new key to my authorized_keys file, than what are the best methods to do that?
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How to open a port early in boot process to unlock LUKS via SSH

I have a fully encrypted server running Debian 7 and have set up dropbear and busybox to unlock the LUKS container via SSH (as described in this tutorial and in this U&L answer). Unfortunately, ...
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Adding a user who can only execute scripts remotely

I would like to create a user who can only do one thing: via ssh specify a script ( and commandline arguments to the script ) that resides in one particular folder ( for the purposes of this question ...
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Foreign characters won't display in SSH

I'm having some problems with using ssh and a remote server (which I do not have admin access to) - Specifically, there are a couple of folders on there with Korean and Cyrillic text. When I display ...
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How to use ssh-agent with multiple (valid) keys and yet choose which one to use?

Let's say there are two keys A and B, both of which are valid for user@host public key authentication. Since authorized_keys is configured for different behaviour depending on the key, ~/.ssh/config ...
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A consistent and safe approach to passwordless accounts with SSH

I must admit that I like servers without passwords in some cases. A typical server is vulnerable to anyone who has physical access to it. So in some cases it is practical to lock it physically and ...
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How do I trigger autocomplete without a tab key?

I'm ssh-ing to my machine using my iPhone with an app called ServerAuditior. It doesn't have tab key. See screenshot. How do I trigger autocomplete without the tab key? I don't want to type a lot of ...
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Run a diff between local and remote files

I'm connected on a host via ssh and I'd like to compare (let's say with diff) a certain config file against its counterpart on an another host, also accessible via ssh, without having to manually ...
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How to temporarily switch from ssh to my local shell?

I'm using cygwin. and use it with ssh to login into a ubuntu server. sometimes, I want to switch back to my cygwin and then quickly switch to ubuntu shell. How to do this?
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Unable to use -o allow_other with sshfs (option enabled in fuse.conf)

I have the following on my /etc/fuse.conf file: # Set the maximum number of FUSE mounts allowed to non-root users. # The default is 1000. ...
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Is my SSH key paired with me as a human, or with my user account on one machine?

In the past few days, I have been trying to acquaint myself with SSH, and I hope that I've understood it. One question remains, however -- is my key associated with me (as the user) or my user ...
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How to configure SVN/SSH with SSH on non standard port?

I have configured SSH to be on port 20000. When I try: svn co svn+ssh://server.com:20000/home/svn/proj1 proj1 --username jm I get svn: To better debug SSH connection problems, remove the -q ...
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Can a linux user change their password without knowing the current password?

I'm setting up a few ubuntu boxes, and using opscode's chef as a configuration tool. It would be fairly easy to install public keys for each user on each of these servers, and disable password ...
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How to pull a file from a server using scp?

I am on machine A and want to pull a file from machine B. A$ scp <myuserid>@hostB:<path of file in B> . it says that: scp: <path of file in B>: No such file or directory But on ...
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How can I make a user able to log in with ssh keys but not with a password?

I would like to create a user and have no password. As in you cant log in with a password. I want to add keys to its authorized_keys by using root. This is for my automated backup system.
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rsync without prompt for password

I need to execute rsync, without it prompting me for password. I've seen in rsync manpage that it doesn't allow specifying the password as command line argument. But I noticed that it allows ...
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Can I connect to or view abandoned ssh sessions?

I have a virtual instance of redhat running that I can ssh to from any host on the corporate network. My ssh session was dropped while running some scripts that may or not have caused me to ...
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Why does my Python background process end when SSH session is terminated?

I have a bash script that starts up a python3 script (let's call it startup.sh), with the key line: nohup python3 -u <script> & When I ssh in directly and call this script, the python ...
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How can I track who SSH'es into my linux machine?

I'm running Ubuntu 10.04. Is there a way I can get a daily report of who has logged onto the box, what time, and even - this may be asking too much - a report of the commands they used? This is a ...
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GNU screen freezes trying to reattach

I have several long-running GNU screen sessions. I ssh to the box they're running on and run screen -d -r foo to detach them if they're connected anywhere else, and then attach them in my current ...
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How can I lock my own account from remote ssh login with password?

I don't want to disable remote login with password altogether, but I want to make it so that my account is only accessible with key pair authentication (there are other users who wants to use ...
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Why does my X11 forwarding attempt fail with “connect /tmp/.X11-unix/X0: No such file or directory”?

On my local machine, I run: ssh -X me@remotemachine.com (For completeness, I have also tested all of the following using -Y with identical results). As expected, this accesses remotemachine.com ...
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Good practice to use same SSH keypair on multiple machines?

I recently got a new laptop for work, and I was wondering whether it'd be good practice to keep using the same RSA keypair as I'm using on my old work laptop. I'd really like to not have to create ...
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stderr over ssh -t

This sends output to STDERR, but does not propagate Ctrl+C (i.e. Ctrl+C will kill ssh but not the remote sleep): $ ssh localhost 'sleep 100;echo foo ">&2"' This propagates Ctrl+C (i.e. ...
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Redirect linux console on boot

Is it possible on boot to redirect the console output to a screen session? The server has no monitor attached, and I'd like to be able to see the primary console output. I've seen other posts about ...
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Specify identity file (id_rsa) with rsync

I need to make periodic backups of a directory on a remote server which is a virtual machine hosted by a research organisation. They mandate that access to VMs is through ssh keys, which is all good, ...
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ssh Connection refused: how to troubleshoot?

I'm trying: $ ssh eric@myserver where myserver is a machine in the intranet. I can ping myserver or respond to HTTP on port 8080, etc, but when I try ssh, I get ssh: connect to host myserver port ...
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ssh port forward to access my home machine from anywhere

http://serverfault.com/questions/303937/how-to-make-freebsd-box-accessible-from-internet I want to understand this whole process of port forwarding. I read so many things but failing to understand ...
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How do I work with GUI tools over a remote server?

I have an Ubuntu server running on EC2 (which I didn't install myself, just picked up an AMI). So far I'm using putty to work with it, but I am wondering how to work on it with GUI tools (I'm not ...
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Creating a UNIX account which only executes one command

Is there a way to create a user account in Solaris which allows the users to run one command only? No login shell or anything else. I could possibly do it with /usr/bin/false in /etc/passwd and just ...
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What do the channel numbers in ssh error message refer to?

In the example below what do the channel numbers correspond to? Which are on the server? Which are on the client? $ ssh -L1570:127.0.0.1:8899 root@thehost Password: Last login: Fri Aug 9 ...
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How to wget a file to a remote machine over SSH?

I'd like to basically pipe a wget command to a file on a remote server over SSH. How can I do this? I know I could simply ssh into the server and have it download the file, but I'd much rather use the ...
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Is an SSH connection faster if I lower the RSA key size?

I have a very slow connection, and I need to use SSH on it. How can I increase "the speed"? I mean is using big RSA keypairs a large overhead? Would lowering the key size increase the effective ...
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How do I background an SSH session? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I break away from an SSH session that has crashed? I have started an SSH session on the command line, but now I want to get back to my local command line. For ...
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Why does SSH not consult /etc/hosts?

I'm administrating a networked environment where the users authenticate over NIS. All machines can be used to SSH into the server but one. On the machine in question, I get the message ssh: connect ...
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Single command to login to SSH and run program?

Is there a way to structure a single command to login via SSH to a remote server and run a program on the remote login shell? In the OpenSSH manual, it reads "If command is specified, it is executed ...
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What is the right file permission for a .pem file to SSH and SCP

I have tried to SSH into my AWS ubuntu server and copy the directory to my local machine. Throughout the process I experience different file permission errors (noted below). Is there one specific ...
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Stopping output from a program run in SSH session NOW

Problem I execute command that outputs LOTS of information through SSH. For example, I foolishly add debug information inside a loop that executes million times, or just run cat /dev/urandom for ...
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How to copy with SCP between two servers using key auth?

I can log in via SSH using key authentication to SERVER1 and SERVER2. However, I can't copy files between the two servers. Why? How can I copy between them? (the data that I have to copy is bigger ...
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Ssh login hook?

Is there a way to run a script/command every time a user connects using ssh? Can it be configured globally (i.e run the script when any user login)? I came across this question on Identica, but there ...
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How to detect when a shell is owned by a remote SSH session?

My question is similar to this one, but I'm looking for something slightly different. I have a notebook PC that I use to access Linux machines on a network in two different scenarios: I have a ...
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How to restrict an SSH user to only allow SSH-tunneling?

How can I restrict a user on the ssh server to allow them only the priviledges for SSH TUNNELING? i.e. So they cannot run commands even if they log in via ssh. My Linux servers are Ubuntu 11.04 and ...
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Bash autocomplete in ssh session

It seems that bash doesn't want to autocomplete commands (what's annoying me right now is not autocompleting apt-get) when I'm logged into my machine from SSH. Is there some setting that will allow ...
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Configuring ssh fingerprints on dns to replace known_hosts fails

The SSHFP records were generated on the ssh server as follows and then added to the zone in bind: $ ssh-keygen -r www.test.us. www.test.us. IN SSHFP 1 1 ad04dfaf343a93beeb939eed1612168f7eadbed7 ...
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How can I limit ssh *remote* port forwarding?

I need to limit which ports can be remotely 'ssh -R' forwarded by an user. I know about permitopen option on authorized_keys, but as it says on man page it only limits local 'ssh -L' port forwarding ...
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GVim compiled from source opened via SSH -X does not copy paste on selection

I'm using SSH (with -X specified) from a Ubuntu box to a RHEL4 box and running GVim. It opens as expected in my local X, but the copy and paste via select doesn't work. I cannot select text in GVim ...
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Best Practices for SSH, tmux & GnuPG Agent

I'm attempting to consolidate my encryption software to GnuPG, and I'm running into a confusing problem. My primary unit is a headless server, and I exclusively work in tmux. There is no X session, ...
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exit out of all SSH connections in one command and close PuTTY

Is there a way to back out of all SSH connections and close PuTTY in "one shot"? I work in Windows 7 and use PuTTY to SSH to various Linux hosts. An example of the way I find myself working: SSH to ...
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Shell Script for logging into a ssh server

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 ...