a little ssh issue here.

I set up some keys in ssh between 2 machines and I can login via ssh without password in terminal.

I am trying to write a shell script that sends commands to the remote server through ssh. When i run the script it always asks for the ssh password before performing the commands. How can I make it so the ssh login in the script is passwordless like it is through terminal?

in the script it's like ssh user@remoteMachine 'do some stuff' the same command in terminal works perfectly fine.

(edit) verbose flag differences


debug1: Next authentication method: publickey
debug1: Offering RSA public key: /home/remote/.ssh/id_rsa
debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey,password
debug1: Trying private key: /home/remote/.ssh/id_dsa
debug1: Trying private key: /home/remote/.ssh/id_ecdsa
debug1: Next authentication method: password
user@'s password: 


debug1: Next authentication method: publickey
debug1: Offering RSA public key: /home/remote/.ssh/id_rsa
debug1: Server accepts key: pkalg ssh-rsa blen 279
debug1: read PEM private key done: type RSA
debug1: Authentication succeeded (publickey).
Authenticated to ([]:22).
debug1: channel 0: new [client-session]
debug1: Requesting no-more-sessions@openssh.com
debug1: Entering interactive session.
debug1: Sending environment.
debug1: Sending env LANG = en_GB.UTF-8
Welcome to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.13.0-24-generic i686)

the script is just


ssh user@ 'touch ~/test'

I am making the script executable and calling it with

  • You're running the script by hand in the same login session? Or you're running it in another session, e.g. with cron? – Barmar May 20 '14 at 5:32
  • Same login session currently – Raj Gupta May 20 '14 at 5:34
  • Try ssh -v to print verbose debugging info. What's the difference? – Barmar May 20 '14 at 5:36
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    Maybe you can post the script, the command to call the script and the command used in terminal? – Fabian May 20 '14 at 10:52
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    The first line of the script should be #!/bin/bash (shebang), but this wouldn't cause your problem. Do you have an alias for ssh? What is the output of type ssh? – Gilles May 20 '14 at 23:09

You can install sshpass package on you machine and after that For running commands remotely:

#Your commands
sshpass -p<pass> ssh -o 'StrictHostKeyChecking no' -p <port> user@host "$SCRIPT"

You also have sshpass -f<file> and you can use file of passwords for all of your servers...So you can write a loop for making ssh and doing stuff automatically...

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