Automated SSH Login with Password and Additional Commands

The normal answer to most ssh related problems is: “use public/private keys”
but sometimes this does not work…

What i did regularly was this:

  • ssh to
  • enter password
  • sudo su admin
  • cd /apps/hosts/some_project

Thats not very complicated, but its frustrating. What I do now is: “sshxx”, which executes this excpect script in ~/bin/sshxx

set pass [lindex $argv 0] #get first argument
spawn ssh
expect "assword" #matches Password and password
send "$pass\r"
expect "xxx@" #wait for the prompt
send "sudo su admin\r"
send "cd /apps/hosts/some_project\r"
send "clear\r" #clean up the mess

(For Ubuntu you need to “sudo apt get install expect” first)

2 thoughts on “Automated SSH Login with Password and Additional Commands

  1. Hello,

    expect is not install on my system, also i dont have root access of those machine. is there any other way to pass password in ssh on linux box.

    any help will be appreciated.

    Best Regards,
    Bipin Bahuguna

    • Maybe its possible to install expect without sudo, download it manually and give it a try (or google for it).
      So far I have not found another way to do passwords via ssh, obviously the ssh authors don`t want you to 🙂

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