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Re: Running ssh in Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg39898] Re: [mg39895] Running ssh in Mathematica
  • From: jmt <jmt at>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2003 02:36:04 -0500 (EST)
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Two remarks :

1 : the ssh program "ssh-askpass", (OpenSsh contains it), is an X program ; 
then calling "ssh -X .." might disable the ssh server to launch ssh-askpass.

2 : using an "ssh-agent" is, in my opinion, the best way to use ssh. Once the 
agent is loaded, a connection using ssh won't need to ask for a password. You 
can then, in Mathematica, connect to remote kernels or remote ibrairies, 
using ssh tranparently. OpenSsh provides the ability to use ssh agents.

On Monday 10 March 2003 00:41, Sirko Straube wrote:
> Hi,
> I am trying to run ssh (with background-option -f) from within
> Mathematica 4.2 to start a program on a remote computer, which I need.
> The command I use is:
> Run["ssh -X -f username at execute-command"]
> If there is no password check of ssh, there is no problem, but if ssh is
> asking for a password, this is prompted to the console from which
> mathematica was started and the kernel has a hang up, because ssh is not
> able to finish.
> I know I managed mathematica to open a small interactive window, in
> which you could enter the password, and so it worked, but I am not able
> to reproduce this, although I've changed nothing in my configuration.
> Can you tell me, if it is possible to run ssh from within Mathematica
> with a password check.
> I am thankful for help
> Sirko Straube
> P.S.: I am using ssh-Version: OpenSSH_3.4p1, SSH protocols 1.5/2.0,
> OpenSSL 0x0090602f

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