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Re: Remote Mathematica kernels and SSH password

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  • Subject: [mg63091] Re: Remote Mathematica kernels and SSH password
  • From: Chris Rodgers <rodgers at physchem.NOSPAMox.aREMOVEc.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 04:35:54 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Oxford University, England
  • References: <dnm2s7$8eo$1@smc.vnet.net>
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> Mathematica starts connecting (I can see the 'sshd' process running on
> the remote machine), but seems to get stuck on the "Password: "
> prompt.
> 
> Is there some way to make Mathematica ask for my password when logging on?
> Or what can I change in the remote machine?

The simplest solution when you want SSH logins to happen transparently 
in the background is to make a public key, install it on the server and 
then use the public key to login instead of your password. The benefit 
of this is that a program such as ssh-agent (Linux/Unix) or pageant 
(Windows) can ask for your password ONCE when you log in and then 
(effectively) securely hand it on to other programs that need it until 
you log out.

See e.g. http://mah.everybody.org/docs/ssh or 
http://the.earth.li/~sgtatham/putty/0.55/htmldoc/Chapter9.html for details.

I hope this helps,

Chris.


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