How could you install ImageMagick over SSH session? I have been using

wget http://www.imagemagick.org/download/ImageMagick.tar.gz

and then:

tar xfvz ImageMagick.tar.gz

to unpack the archive, but once I reach that step, it either freezes up or takes a long time to respond to commands. Can I have a hand, please? The server I ssh'd to is running Manjaro Linux.

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    SSH is pretty un-related to installing software. What system are you installing it on?
    – Jeff Schaller
    Apr 2 '20 at 14:07
  • On Manjaro Linux
    – Ollie
    Apr 2 '20 at 14:10
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    You would install it exactly the same way as you would do in any other shell session. Could you please clarify what issue you are having? (by editing you question, not by writing comments!)
    – Kusalananda
    Apr 2 '20 at 14:12
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    How about just tar -xf ImageMagick.tar.gz ? The filename must follow the -f flag, and the -z and -v options aren't necessary. Apr 2 '20 at 14:30
  • @user4556274 No. When using "bundled option" with tar, the filename does not need to follow f immediately. When using the standard, "dashed", options, then the filename has to follow -f immediately. What you are showing should make no difference, assuming they are using GNU tar (which enables -z automatically).
    – Kusalananda
    Apr 3 '20 at 8:18

Try using a terminal screen session. A screen session is a special type of terminal session that won't die if your network connection dies, your local computer is restarted, etc. You can then simply open up the screen session again when your network permits, and continue where you left off.


Installing on Arch:

pacman -S screen


apt install screen


yum install screen


SSH into your remote machine, and run screen. You are now in a screen session.

Do whatever you need, example:

wget http://www.imagemagick.org/download/ImageMagick.tar.gz

If your connection to the server dies, simply SSH in again and run:

screen -x

Notice the -x flag. Your terminal session is now resumed like nothing was ever closed. Type exit to close it when done.

Note that screen sessions allow for multiple highly managed instances and has tons of functionality. They are out of scope here though, so wont be covered.


Never mind! I managed to enable root login over SSH by editing the /etc/ssh/sshd_config file, and then just used pacman -S imagemagick to install, but thanks for everyone's help!

  • Now you have a slightly more vulnerable system. It would have been better to SSH in as an ordinary user and then use sudo pacman ... on the remote machine.
    – Kusalananda
    May 7 '20 at 14:14
  • I cannot use the sudo command on the remote machine, if I could this question wouldn't have been necessary.
    – Ollie
    May 7 '20 at 14:21
  • Then su - first to get a root shell, install, and log out. Enabling root logins on the server should not be necessary. By the way, how did you log in to edit the sshd_config file if root logins were disabled and you couldn't use sudo?
    – Kusalananda
    May 7 '20 at 14:25
  • Ahh... The file I edited was on my side of the server. But why? As I stated in my answer, it worked for me.
    – Ollie
    May 7 '20 at 16:21

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