For development purposes, I use a script that automatically connects to a host to do stuff. I always need to hit the [ENTER] key so that it connects and reconnects (upon reboot of the host). I would like to modify it so, that no user interaction is required. How can do this?

I don't need lessons on using the root account to login, it's all under control - please, just believe me. (embedded platform, no user I/O. Plus root account will be disabled before going live) There also is no password assigned to it, either! What I have so far:


if [ "$3" == "auto" ] ; then
    arg= 'sleep 1';
    ssharg='-v -o ConnectTimeout=1 -o ConnectionAttempts=1 -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no -p 2222';
    arg= 'read';
    ssharg='-o StrictHostKeyChecking=no -p 2222';
#$dbg should be executed when connecting with parameter lx
dbg=`scp -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no -o UserKnownHostsFile=/dev/null -P 2222 ~/local/script root@$1:/path/to/script`;`ssh -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no -o UserKnownHostsFile=/dev/null -p 2222 root@$1 -n /path/to/script`;

if [ $2 == "lx" ] ; then
    ssh -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no -p 2222 root@$1; echo "Reconnect?";sleep 1; while $arg; < /dev/tty; do $dbg; ssh -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no -p 2222 root@$1; echo "Reconnect?"; done

More similar elifs checking for other parameters (in $2) without requirement to tun $dbg beforehand

Which works fine only that I have to press [ENTER] after launching the script and to reconnect.

  • Can you give us a clue? Where in the script does it ask you to press <kbd>Enter</kbd>? – ctrl-alt-delor Jul 17 at 0:03

This line

    arg= 'read';

Because there's a space after =, this line temporarily sets the arg variable to the empty string, then executes the read command which reads data from stdin -- since you don't redirect any data into read's stdin, the user must enter a line of text on the terminal. read stores the user's entry into the $REPLY variable. Following this, the arg variable will be unset.

To assign the 'read' string to the arg variable, you must not put whitespace around =

This part looks suspect: while $arg; < /dev/tty; do -- why is there a semicolon after $arg?

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