Feature request: Discussion.

Ben Lindstrom mouring at etoh.eviladmin.org
Tue May 14 04:23:30 EST 2002

On Mon, 13 May 2002, Ed Phillips wrote:

> On Mon, 13 May 2002 ewheeler at kaico.com wrote:
> > Does the current ssh or scp implentation allow you to click a link and
> > securely download a file (hopefully after you've entered a password)?
> The browser implements the "click a link" feature, and the mapping of URL
> to actual commands or protocal connections or whatever.  I can't see how
> you'd actually make this work in any browser you don't compile yourself
> (to tell it that "ssh://user@host..." means run "ssh ssh://user@host",
> etc.).  And, if you compile it yourself, you can specify that
> "ssh://user@host..." means "Run `ssh user at host...'".  I can't type
> "ssh://blah.blah.blah" into any of my browsers and make it run some
> command (although, I'll admit, I haven't actually tried to configure it to
> do so)?  I could make a MIME type that is an "ssh connection" or "scp
> command" or whatever - and I can put the actual arguments in the "helper"
> configuration tho'.
> If you want someone to securely download a file by clicking on a link, why
> should we need to change ssh to accept a special URL as an argument...
> because the browser can only pass a verbatim URL to "helper" programs that
> it doesn't know about?
> I like the "roll your own wrapper for ssh" idea.  Or you can use MIME
> types and configure your own behavior using the existing scp/ssh syntax.
> My 2 cents...
Or use SSL which is what it was designed for.. 'Encrypted communications'

- Ben

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